Williamsport – Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming) announced today that Lycoming County will receive a loan of $384,465 through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST). Wheeland was an instrumental negotiator with PENNVEST to secure this project.

“Senator Yaw and I went in swinging for Lycoming County, and this PENNVEST loan turned out to be a huge win for Old Lycoming Township,” said Wheeland. “This funding will allow us to complete an important headworks facility project that includes several new equipment pieces and facilities, which will enable it to process almost 35 million gallons of water per day.

“Further, in a more urban area of Lycoming County, a reliable wastewater treatment plant is instrumental in keeping our families and businesses safe from contamination. By investing these overdue funds in our water infrastructure, we will keep jobs in Lycoming County and our water will be safe for everyone in our district.”

This is the first phase of a multiple phase project to upgrade the authority’s wastewater treatment plant. In this phase, the project includes the construction of a new headworks facility rated at 34.5 million gallons per day. Included in the new headworks building are two new mechanical bar screens, two vortex grit chambers, yard piping, and other wet weather facilities.

The loan will also help to purchase a vacuum street sweeper equipped to better clean the sediment and debris from impervious surfaces in accordance with the sediment reduction goals included in three area townships’ Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permits, and prevent pollutants from reaching the waterways. The project is expected to eliminate over 100,000 pounds of sediment in the first permit cycle.

The funding for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for these projects are disbursed after expenses for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST for review.