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State agency loans $2 million for sewer work

| Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Ambridge sewers will get a $2 million overhaul thanks to a recent loan.

The Ambridge Borough Municipal Authority will receive a low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority to install sanitary sewers, renovate the existing systems and upgrade the area's sewage treatment plant.

Officials from the municipal authority were not available for comment Monday.

The project was one of 49 totalling more than $91 million approved by Pennvest this month.

Ambridge will construct 1,192 linear feet of new sanitary sewers and renovate 279 linear feet of existing sewer to eliminate a sanitary sewer overflow, in addition to the sewage treatment plant upgrades. This will eliminate the direct discharge of raw sewage into Big Sewickley Creek and bring the authority in compliance with an order from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

In the past two years, state funding for drinking water, waste-water and storm water projects has been increased by $200 million, said David Hess, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The 20-year loan will have an interest rate of 1.38 percent for the first five years. The remaining term of the loan will be at 2.77 percent.

The Ambridge Borough Municipal Authority's sewage system serves 4,220 households.

Also in the loan cycle, Reserve Township in Allegheny County received a $423,593 loan to construct more than a mile of new water distribution line along Spring Garden Road.

That project is designed to eliminate frequent line breaks and continuous leakage and water loss from the corroded existing water line.

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