On July 26, 2021, Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) will be funding projects across the commonwealth. Pennsylvania pursued making the state “lead-free” by investing $97 million for 25 water, wastewater, stormwater, and non-point source projects in 19 counties.
In Governor Wolf’s announcement, he stated:
“Historic investments in clean water infrastructure like the ones made today continue to underscore our commitment to safe and reliable infrastructure for our communities… Clean, lead-free drinking water and reliable wastewater and stormwater systems are the bedrock of vibrant civic centers and are essential to ushering in much-needed growth across the commonwealth.”
Funding for these projects cumulates from several state funds approved by voters and private groups such as Growing Greener and Marcellus Legacy Funds. Federal grants to PENNVEST come from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Recycled loan repayments come from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for these projects disperse after expenses for work are paid, and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST for review.
Additionally, PENNVEST utilized their resources under the U.S. Water Infrastructure Fund Transfer Act (WIFTA, 2019) to improve drinking water and wastewater facilities. This law allows for a transfer of funding to get rid of lead lines, further supporting the state’s goal to become lead-free.
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