SALTSBURG — Saltsburg Borough today received approval for state funding totaling $3.185 million, according to state Sen. Don White and state Rep. Dave Reed.
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) approved a $1,582,335 grant and a $1,602,665 low-interest loan for the borough at its board meeting held in Harrisburg, according to White, a member of the PENNVEST Board.
The borough will use the funds to build a replacement sewage treatment plant and install 350 feet of new sewer lines.
The project will address contamination problems during wet weather when Saltsburg’s current system discharges raw sewage into the Conemaugh River.
“This PENNVEST funding is vitally important for small communities like Saltsburg,” White said in a press release. “The burden on local residents would be tremendous if the borough had to go out and secure conventional financing for the entire cost of this project. I was pleased to support and help move this request when it came before PENNVEST for final approval.”
Reed said the improvements will benefit the region.
“The remediation of this contamination will not only benefit the residents of Saltsburg but also to all of the communities downstream of the new facility,” Reed said. “We have seen significant improvements in Indiana County’s infrastructure over the past few years and this project fits right in by protecting local residents while addressing storm water drainage issues that threaten our natural environment.”