Pittsburgh receives $7 million loan for water and sewer work

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Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has been awarded a $7 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority for maintenance and repair projects, Governor Tom Corbett announced today.

Around $3 million will go towards repair, maintenance and replacement of valves in the water distribution lines and replacement of fire hydrants. It will allow PWSA to continue its work on valves after money from a previous valve contract dries up.

Valves, when they function properly, mean fewer customers see their service interrupted during a water main break or a repair because they allow workers to isolate the affected section.

The rest of the money, around $4 million, will fund sewer maintenance and reconstruction at several sites throughout the city. Some of the money also will be used for lining projects, in which sewers are reinforced with Gunite, a concrete-like substance, that can greatly extend the life of a sewer.

Around $82 million total was awarded in the form of grants and loans, the governor's office announced today. The loans and grants were funded through state money and federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.


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