Merski, Harkins: $710,000 in funding secured to improve water quality

Will fund replacement of water service lines

ERIE, April 25 – A $471,795 low-interest loan and a $238,205 grant from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority will further efforts to improve water quality in Erie County, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, both D-Erie, announced today.

"Investing in water infrastructure it is a critical cornerstone for our future prosperity,” Merski said. “Every dollar spent on water systems generates a manifold return in economic vitality, public health and environmental sustainability.”

“I stand firmly behind the commitment to ensure that every community has access to clean, safe and reliable water,” Harkins said. “Securing this funding reinforces our dedication to building smarter water systems that can withstand the challenges of the 21st century.”

The lawmakers said the project will involve the replacement of existing wrought iron service lines, decreasing potential lead contamination in the system and reducing water loss due to pipe leakage.

Pennvest specializes in funding sewer, storm water and drinking water projects across Pennsylvania. Pennvest’s low-cost financial assistance helps make the water that is consumed every day by thousands of Pennsylvanians safe to drink.