– The sewer collection system in Harford Township, Susquehanna County, will be given a boost through a grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Small Water and Sewer program. More than $300,000 was approved to assist with necessary upgrades, according to Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) and Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne).
“I am pleased to see these funds awarded to Harford Township which is in distinct need of this infrastructure improvement,” said Fritz. “Municipal sewer systems are critical to the viability of the community and its residents’ quality of life.”
Harford Township officials have been working collaboratively with the Susquehanna County Board of Commissioners and the Central Bradford Progress Authority to meet Chesapeake Bay Program and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requirements. About $1.9 million was previously secured through a federal USDA loan to upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant. State grant money will be supplemented by nearly $70,000 in county matching funds to implement the next phase along with the purchase and installation of antiquated and obsolete grinder pumps.
The legislators praised local officials for working together in the interest of the community and the environment. “Ensuring continued service to existing customers is critical,” they both noted. “They came up with a solid plan to bring these facilities into compliance by maximizing available dollars for the benefit of residents and ratepayers.”
Baker added that the project is also important for the economic vitality of the region as the system serves many area businesses and the Harford Fairgrounds, which attracts more than 70,000 visitors annually. “A strong infrastructure is vital to continued business and community investment and growth,” she stated.
Representative Jonathan Fritz
111th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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