Mullery announces state funding for three local water improvement projects

HARRISBURG, Aug. 17 –  State grants totaling $978,174 have been approved to help fund three water and sewer infrastructure systems which serve Luzerne County residents, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced today.

The grants – all approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority – are:

  • $508,833 H20 PA grant for Rice Township to make repairs to the Ice Lakes Dam.
  • $391,000 Small Water and Sewer grant for Hazle Township for the Hollywood Area Sewer Rehabilitation and Replacement project.
  • $78,341 Small Water and Sewer grant for White Haven Borough to make improvements to the storm sewer system along Pine and Berwick streets.

“The residents and officials of Rice Township have faced numerous challenges and setbacks over the past five years to get the Ice Lakes Dam repaired,” Mullery said. “To be able to secure state funds, which will fully cover the cost of the repairs, will end this nightmare and return the beauty and tranquility of the Ice Lakes for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

Bob Pipech, chairman of the board for Rice Township shared Mullery’s sentiment. “This funding will help us put the Ice Lakes Dam project to bed,” Pipech said. “On behalf of myself and Rice Township, we can’t thank Representative Mullery enough in assisting us through this process these past five years. I know the residents around the Ice Lakes will be grateful and all those who use the Ice Lakes recreationally will be happy, as well.”

Mullery added, “I want to thank the Department of Community and Economic Development for recognizing the importance and necessity of all three projects.”

The H20 PA program provides single-year or multi-year grants to independent agencies, municipalities or municipal authorities. The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Programs offers grants for small water and sewer infrastructure projects and can be used to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.