Sewer authority receives $7 million loan for repairs, maintenance.

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The 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.

The loans have a 1 percent interest rate.

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

When valves function properly, they cut down on the number of customers who have their service interrupted during a water main break or a repair because the valves allow workers to isolate the affected section.

The rest of the money, about $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, which can extend the life of a sewer.

The loan was announced last Tuesday by Gov. Tom Corbett.



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