State Grant Improves Emergency Water Storage in Schuylkill County
HARRISBURG – The Schuylkill County Municipal Authority (SCMA) was awarded a low-interest loan of $5,987,000 to construct a second water storage tank at the Broad Mountain Water Filtration and Treatment Facility in New Castle Township, according to Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) and Rep. Tim Twardzik (R-123).

The new tank will provide additional water storage, greatly improving the ability of the municipal authority to prevent interruptions in water service in case of emergencies or required maintenance.

“Schuylkill County Municipal Authority is extremely appreciative of Sen. Argall and Rep. Twardzik’s support and endorsement of the generous low-interest loan offer from our long-time partners at PENNVEST for the Broad Mountain Tank #2 Project,” said Pat Caulfield, Executive Director for SCMA. “The 2.5-million-gallon storage tank will supplement the Authority’s sustainability to serve the 9 municipalities in our Broad Mountain System with ample potable drinking water and reliable fire service.

“This project, along with the June 2023 announcement of our $5.24 M grant and $3.44 M low-interest loan for our Pottsville Lead Service Line and Main Replacement Project, will surpass over $83 Million in successful PENNVEST Water and Wastewater Projects completed by SCMA since 1991.”

“No community can function without clean, reliable drinking water,” said Argall. “I’m thankful this important project won state support.”

“This loan is an important funding stream for the SCMA/New Castle Township Water Tank Project,” said Twardzik. “It assures safe water and increased fire protection for surrounding communities. Investments in our infrastructure keeps our county a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

The loan was awarded by PENNVEST, which funds sewer, storm water, and drinking water projects throughout Pennsylvania.

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