A grant of $500,000 has been awarded to Penn Township, Centre County to upgrade the water system serving the village of Coburn. A portion of the system is malfunctioning and must be repaired; new valves and other controls will also be installed.

The Competitive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) was awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Working closely with the Centre County Commissioners and County Planning office, SEDA-COG Community Development staff prepared and submitted the grant application, on behalf of the Penn Township Supervisors.

The system, which serves 84 families, has experienced several ruptures over the last few years, each time resulting in a temporary shutdown and the loss of 20,000 to 40,000 gallons of water. As is the case in much of rural Central Pennsylvania, portions of Coburn’s system are over a hundred years old and constructed of iron, which will be replaced with PVC pipe. As part of the system upgrade, household water meters will be installed to facilitate billing and help reduce water usage. The project will take place during the 2013 construction season.

The total cost of the project is $595,000, of which $75,000 has been provided by the County and $20,000 by the Township.

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