HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today announced the awarding of a $155,000 state grant for a water system improvement project in Hazleton. Toohil played a key role in securing the funding through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s small water and sewer grant program.
Specifically, the grant will be used by the Hazleton City Authority to make upgrades to its water treatment plant in Hazle Township. The project will address deficiencies in the plant’s clarifiers, which are a key part of the water treatment process. Each of the four clarifiers will have the air scour system and screens replaced. In addition, the two redundant main plant control servers, work station and software will be replaced.
“This project is extremely important to our community as it directly impacts the quality of our drinking water,” said Toohil. “The restoration of the clarifiers inside the plant is absolutely imperative to providing safe drinking water to 14 municipalities and 55,000 people in the service area. The authority also must provide fire protection and water to two expanding industrial parks. By awarding this grant, the authority will not only be able to restore the original 25-year-old clarifiers to their prime condition, but it will also generate a massive amount of savings long term, as this upgrade will extend the life of the plant.”
The total project cost is $387,199.
The funding was approved and awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which was established as an independent agency that holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.
Representative Tarah Toohil
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office