Residents living in the area of Reissing Road will soon have public water thanks to a low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Autority that will pay for a water-line extension project.
The Pennsylvania American Water Company plans to run nearly five miles of water lines and install a booster pump in Washington County—a project that is expected to cost $2.25 million.
According to state Rep. Jesse White's office, five households will be affected on Reissing Road.
After residents in the area requested water service, state agencies examined the situation and Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection determined that numerous private wells in the area of the proposed project have experienced quality and quantity deficiencies.
“I was happy to lend my support for this project and testify on the residents’ behalf at the PUC hearing last August,” . “The residents worked tirelessly to see this project through, and the low-cost financing will help deliver clean and safe water while keeping rates low.”
, D-North Strabane, lauded the residents for their help in the process.
“Residents in the area deserve a lot of credit for their persistence,” he said. “And because of their hard work, jobs will be created and clean water will be accessible to many residents."
, D-Canonsburg, agreed, adding: “This investment in infrastructure will bring a clean and reliable water supply to local residents and give firefighters the supply they need to protect homes,” he said. “It solves a problem, creates jobs and shows the power of citizen action.”
Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The water company will be releasing more details of the project soon.
The state Public Utility Commission ordered the lines to be extended by the end of the year. Pennsylvania American already serves more than a 500,000 customers in the region.
The PENNVEST loan will have an interest rate of 1.59 percent for the first five years and an interest rate of 2.19 percent for 15 years.
The project area includes:
- Reissing Road area of Cecil Township
- First Street area of Independence Township
- Cole School Road and Campbell Road in Jefferson Township
- McCarrell Road and Washington Avenue in Mount Pleasant Township
- Scenic Drive area of North Franklin Township
- Valley Street and Bordo Lane in Robinson Township