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More Than $10.7 Million Going to Address Lead Pipes, Sewer Issues in Pottsville and Orwigsburg

Most of the money is in grants.

Pottsville and Orwigsburg have been awarded more than $7.3 million in state grants for water and sewer infrastructure repair projects, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29), Rep. Tim Twardzik (R-123), and Rep. Jamie Barton (R-124).

The funding comes from Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

Argall says the grant money will ensure safer and more efficient water service for the communities.

Here’s a breakdown of the money being awarded:

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Schuylkill County Municipal Authority (SCMA) gets a grant of $5,240,100 to replace approximately 360 public and private lead and/or galvanized service lines in Pottsville. The affected lines are along W. Railroad and N. Centre streets, Fairview St., W. Race St., and Pierce St.

The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Orwigsburg was awarded a grant worth $2,087,500 to replace 5,575 feet of sanitary sewer main, manholes, laterals, and cleanouts in the area, addressing issues arising during wet weather due to pipe and manhole deterioration.

Additionally, SCMA has been given a $3,441,200 loan to replace around 6,900 feet of old cast iron water mains, addressing ongoing water loss and pressure issues that affect fire protection on the streets listed above.

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