Rep. Kirkland announces $9.9 million low-interest loan for stormwater project in Chester

CHESTER, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced a $9.9 million low-interest loan for stormwater renovations and restorations in the city of Chester.

The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) approved the loan today. The exact amount secured by Chester is $9,946,801.

The funding will provide for selective replacement of inlets, piping and outfalls, including approximately 9,200 feet of pipe, 126 catch basins, 50 manholes, plus roadway restoration.

Additionally, water quality devices such as porous panels, inlet inserts and filters will be installed to remove trash and sediment from the system and pollutants from the water.

A street sweeper and vacuum truck will also be used to remove debris, sediment and water from the system.

“It’s outstanding news that our commonwealth sees fit to invest in our city, to improve the water quality in Chester Creek and Ridley Creek, to restore the critical infrastructure affected by localized flooding, erosion and sediment issues,” said Kirkland, who represents the 159th Legislative District. “Eroding and undersized parts of the stormwater system will soon be better prepared to handle flooding and runoff.”

The 20-year loan carries a 1% interest rate for the life of the loan, with interest-only payments required during the first five years.