Watro, Argall Announce PENNVEST Loan for Water System Upgrades in Hazelton
HARRISBURG – Rep. Dane Watro (R-Luzerne/Schuylkill) and Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) today announced a low-interest state loan of more than $1.4 million awarded to the Hazleton City Authority for water system improvements. The funding was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

“The authority is seeking to make significant upgrades to its water distribution system along Lions Drive in Hazle Township, and this loan now makes the project possible,” said Watro. “The aging water lines are leaking badly (nearly 40% water loss), which is impacting service to customers and the ability to fight fires effectively.”

“This highly competitive state funding will directly support the brave work of Hazleton’s firefighters and improve water service for thousands of homes,” said Argall. “Ensuring Hazleton has up-to-date infrastructure will also assist with local efforts to breathe new life into the city.”

Specifically, the loan will be used by the authority to replace approximately 1,500 feet of cast iron pipe with new 12-inch ductile iron distribution system piping and all necessary accessories, including valves, shut-offs, three hydrants and blow-offs. The improvements will enhance the authority’s ability to meet customer demand and provide adequate fire protection. The authority serves more than 14,000 residential customers.

PENNVEST was established by Act 16 of 1988 and is an independent agency of the Commonwealth providing financial assistance to fund construction of drinking water, sewer and storm water projects in communities throughout Pennsylvania.

Representative Dane Watro
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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