Ciresi announces $836K for Pottstown stormwater arches, Perkiomen sewer repairs

State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, announced Monday a total of $836,000 in local water, sewer and stormwater grants to be distributed among two projects.

The funding, through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will support rehabilitation work on the Borough of Pottstown’s stormwater arches and the Perkiomen Township Municipal Authority’s sanitary sewer line via two PA Small Water and Sewer grants and one H2O PA grant.

“While stormwater and sewer infrastructure is usually not at the top of people’s minds, it’s absolutely critical to keep maintained and in good repair,” Ciresi said. “This is why funding for these projects in Pottstown and Perkiomen was a major priority of mine, so that we address these structural issues now, not later when they could put people and the environment at risk. I will keep pushing to invest in repairing and modernizing our infrastructure and make sure that our communities have a strong foundation to build on.”

A breakdown of the funding is as follows: 

  • $500,000 Small Water & Sewer grant and $100,000 H2O PA grant for Pottstown’s Stormwater Arch Rehabilitation project to be used toward the comprehensive inspection, evaluation and repairs of a 60-mile storm sewer arches within the borough. The inspection will provide information regarding the storm sewer arch locations, size, shape and material, along with documenting visible defects. 
  • $236,000 Small Water & Sewer grant to be used toward Perkiomen Township Municipal Authority’s sanitary sewer rehabilitation and replacement project, which will line approximately 4,000 linear feet and replace 130 linear feet of asbestos-cement piping along the Perkiomen Trail. The line has degraded and corroded considerably. Additionally, seven manholes near Schoolhouse Road with significant leakage and structural defects will be rehabilitated.

Ciresi had announced a $281,884 Flood Mitigation Program grant through the Department of Community and Economic Development last September for emergency repairs of storm sewer arches in Pottstown Borough, which date back to the Civil War era. Ciresi also repeatedly visited various parts of the arch system, including an underground portion and several collapsed sites, to better understand its current state. The total project cost is $2.1 million.

More information about this funding is available by contacting Ciresi’s office at 484-200-8265.