Sainato announces $32 million in funding for New Castle Sanitation Authority

HARRISBURG, July 17 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today the New Castle Sewer Authority has been awarded $32 million to begin upgrading its wastewater treatment plant.

Sainato said a $23.4 million low-interest loan and an $8.5 million grant were both approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority Wednesday. The 30-year loan has a 1 percent interest rate.

“I want to thank the Pennvest board for approving this project. The wastewater plant serves over 12,000 customers, many who are low-income families. The grant and loan will help reduce fee hikes on those families,” Sainato said. “The new facility will make a big difference during heavy rains and flooding like we experienced in recent weeks.”

The funding will go toward the first phase of a multi-phase project, which involves constructing a new headworks facility able to handle wastewater flows during wet weather. The current facility is over 50 years old and experiences wet weather overloads, resulting in wastewater bypassing secondary treatment. This will ensure flows receive both primary and secondary treatment.

Construction is expected to start Nov. 12 and finish in February 2022.

The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority offers low-cost loans and grants to communities throughout Pennsylvania to fund sewer, storm water and drinking water maintenance and improvement projects. More information is available at www.pennvest.state.pa.us.