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A Small, Rural Community with Critical Infrastructure Needs
August 23, 2013
The Clinton County village of Farrandsville was settled over 180-years ago by families drawn by jobs in the mining industry. There are 54-homes there today, plus a church, Colebrook Township Municipal Building, and the Farrandsville Iron Furnace. Although small, it is an established community, faced with similar issues challenging larger towns - towns that generally have more funding sources available to them.
Clean, safe drinking water is one such issue. For years, the lower half of Farrandsville had public water service through the Whiskey Run Water Association, while the other half relied on wells or public springs. However, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) found that Whiskey Run's water source was susceptible to surface water and in 2006 the company was directed to find a new source.
Those without public water faced a more serious situation. The springs that supplied them with water are vulnerable to surface water, causing bacterial contamination. On-lot sewage treatment systems threaten the water with coliforms and, in some cases, E. Coli, findings confirmed when SEDA-COG took water samples in the village.
The solution was found in a water extension and interconnection project, recently completed at a cost of $2.1 million. The Suburban Lock Haven Water Authority (SLHWA) installed a new water main and booster station, and connected to WRWA's system; providing safe drinking water to the lower half of Farrandsville, while creating additional volume and pressure to serve the upper half of the village as well.
Important community improvements occur when there is active leadership to initiate, develop, and see them through. The Clinton County Commissioners and Planning Department filled that role, providing $98,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, and working with SEDA-COG, which secured a $500,000 Competitive CDBG grant for the project. Funding also included $1.2 million from H2O PA, and $410,000 from PENNVEST - secured through the efforts of Suburban Lock Haven Water Authority. Homeowners will pay a monthly bill, determined by water meters.
The involvement of CDBG funds in the Farrandsville water project is no surprise. As is often the case in rural America, the Community Development program responds when infrastructure is needed to provide essential public services.