CAMBRIA – The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) has awarded a $2 million non-repayment grant to the Hastings Municipal Authority for water line replacement, according to Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) and Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-73).
Several sections of the Hastings Municipal Authority’s distribution system are comprised of old, cast iron piping with leaded joints, which is estimated to be more than 100 years old. This is a potential health concern due to the lead that exists, as well as the leaks that occur within the lines.
“This project will provide a safer and more reliable water supply to more than 2,100 Cambria County residents,” Langerholc said. “It is a critical advancement for public health and will avoid future compliance concerns related to lead and water loss.”
The authority plans to replace approximately 6,200 feet of old, cast iron water pipe with leaded joints along Third Avenue and Spangler Street. Associated equipment, such as 10 fire hydrants that are attached to the lines and any service lines that connect to the piping, will also be replaced to eliminate leaking issues when reconnected. It is not expected that any lead service lines will be discovered during the project. However, if found, they will also be replaced.
“Anyone who’s ever been asked to help apply for a grant knows what a difficult task it can be, and I congratulate the officials from Hastings for completing a successful application,” Sankey said. “This money is an investment in the community’s future and truly money well spent.”
The system is eligible for the lead line principal forgiveness as provided by the Environmental Protection Agency and accepted by the board.
Formed in 1988, PENNVEST provides low-interest loans for design, engineering and construction of publicly and privately owned drinking water distribution and treatment facilities, as well as storm water and wastewater projects.