State loan will assist water line improvement

The North Warren Municipal Authority has been awarded $2.28 million in Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority funds for water system improvements.

“The authority’s customers are served by asbestos-lined concrete water lines that were installed in the 1940s. The lining poses a safety hazard and the age of the pipes means they are brittle and prone to break. In fact, the system has a water loss rate of about 50 percent,” Senator Scott Hutchinson said in a press release. “This project will replace those lines, providing customers with safe and reliable water service.”

The project is expected to take place from the South State Street bridge to Mapleleaf Place in North Warren. Work could begin in the spring.

PENNVEST financing is provided through the use of federal funding and prior bond issues by the state and is not supported by the state’s General Fund budget, according to the press release.

The $2.28 million comes as a low interest loan and the project includes the installation of 17,500 feet of water lines, 320 new service connections, 18 fire hydrants, and 35 gate valves.

Bids are expected to be accepted until Nov. 26 and the project will use directional boring with limited cutting to streets, Conewango Township Supervisor Linda Swanson said.