Pashinski announces $400,000 in grants for local water improvement projects

HARRISBURG, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced the approval by the Commonwealth Financing Authority of two PA Small Water and Sewer fund grants totaling $400,000 to Hanover Township and Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Authority.


The funds will go toward two separate projects, including:

  • $100,000 to Hanover Township for Phase 3 of the Solomon Creek Interceptor rehabilitation.
  • $300,000 to the Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Authority to replace the sanitary sewer system for Glen Summit development in Fairview Township.


“Each of these grants will help to fund important projects improving the quality of our water and our lives locally,” Pashinski said. “Once completed, these efforts will reduce pollution and provide safe and reliable service for local users. I’m truly appreciative to my Senate colleagues for their support for these projects, as well as Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for seeing the value in investing these funds in our area.”


Hanover Township’s grant will go toward the rehabilitation of 560 linear feet of an existing sewer interceptor along Ferry Road that is over a century old and in failing condition. The improvements will increase the interceptor’s capacity, reduce the infiltration of groundwater, reduce ongoing maintenance needs and provide more reliable sewer services for residents.


Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Authority’s grant will be used to help construct a new sanitary system within the Glen Summit development to address blockages and breaks within the existing system. The project will include clearing and grubbing trees and roots from the sewer line, installing 2,000 linear feet of new 8-inch PVC sewer main,140 linear feet of new sanitary laterals, as well as 11 new manholes. Once completed, this project should eliminate a public health hazard caused by the faulty sewer mains and eliminate sources of inflow and infiltration within the system.


“The CFA has been instrumental in providing critical funds for infrastructure, mobility and safety efforts in our area,” Pashinski said. “These improvements will help improve our water quality, reduce pollution, and improve the quality of life in Hanover Township and the Glen Summit development.”


The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking.