HARRISBURG – Rep. Zach Mako (R-Lehigh/Northampton) today announced the release of $450,000 in state funds to the borough of Slatington and the Walnutport Water and Sewer Authority for water and sewer line upgrades.
Mako advocated for the funding through the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Small Water and Sewer Program. The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program offers grants for small water and sewer infrastructure projects and can be used to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.
“Aging water and sewer lines can pose risks to residents,” Mako said. “It is vital that we do all we can to ensure clean drinking water is available. I’m pleased to help support both of these projects.”
The borough of Slatington’s $250,000 grant will replace 1,800 linear feet of a deteriorating main on Shadow Oaks Lane with a six-inch ductile iron pipe. The existing water line is 60 years old and in very poor condition. The new water line will reduce or eliminate leaks and possible infiltration and contamination, all leading to improved water. Twenty-four service lines and four fire hydrants also will be installed along the water line.
The Walnutport Water and Sewer Authority’s $200,000 grant will replace the water main and service lines along South Canal Street and bore a new water main that services Lehigh Street under the historic Lehigh Canal. The current water main running under the canal has been in service since the 1900s and has suffered numerous breaks. In addition, the age of the lines increases the possibility that these lines contain lead, elevating the need for replacement.
The 183rd District includes South Whitehall (part), Washington and Whitehall (part) townships and Slatington Borough in Lehigh County. It also consists of Allen, Lehigh and Moore (part) townships, and North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport boroughs in Northampton County.
Representative Zachary Mako
183rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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