$16.4 million loan secured to replace sewer lines
Existing lines are cracked and more than 60-years-old
HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – State Reps. Leanne Krueger and David Delloso, both D-Delaware, announced today that the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority has approved a $16.45 million low-interest loan for the Central Delaware County Authority to replace sewer interceptors in Rutledge Borough.
The Central Delaware County Authority said the existing sanitary sewer inceptors are 60 to 80 years old and made of reinforced concrete pipe. The pipe has many holes and cracks, which results in infiltration and inflow. Because of the increased cost of maintenance repairs, it is now more viable to re-line the interceptors rather than continuing repairs.
“I am proud to have worked with the Central Delaware County Authority to secure this low-interest loan,” said Krueger. “Replacing these sewer pipes will save taxpayers money and benefit the environment be stopping untreated sewage discharge into the County’s waterways.”
“The upkeep and repair for aging infrastructure costs more and more each year,” said Delloso. “Replacing this piping will benefit residents for generations to come. These repairs will protect peoples’ health by ensuring that our water systems are not polluted during wet weather.”
The project will involve re-lining 60,000 feet of 8-inch to 54-inch sewer interceptors with cured-in-place piping, and 288 manholes will also be rehabilitated. This a phased project that will be accomplished over a three-year period. It is set to begin in March 2023.
The existing system serves more than 33,000 customers in 12 municipalities.
The low-interest loan will cover 100% of the estimated project cost. The loan is for a term of 240 months, with an interest rate of 1.743% for the interest-only period and the first 5 years of amortization, increasing to 2.179% from years 6 through maturity. It will provide the grant-equivalent of nearly $4.3 million over the life of the loan.