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Simmons Announces State Grant for Sewer System Improvements in Emmaus

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HARRISBURG – Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) today announced the awarding of a $260,000 state grant for a sewage system improvement project in Emmaus, Lehigh County. Simmons 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 Emmaus Borough to repair 100 severely damaged manholes and correct an inflow problem that was discovered through inspections. The borough is working to comply with an administrative order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to separate storm water from the sewage system, which flows to the Allentown Sewage Treatment Plant.

 

“Emmaus officials have worked extremely hard to complete this project. However, they have very serious issues with damaged manholes,” said Simmons. “As a result, water is flowing into the sewer system every time it rains, which causes increased inflow to the sewage plant, causing an overflow into the Lehigh River. This grant will greatly assist the borough in reducing storm water inflow into the sewer lines and allow it to meet the EPA requirements.”

 

The total project cost is $371,600.

 

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.

 

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