Loan completes financing for Bell Township waterline extension
|By Brian C. Rittmeyer, The Valley News-Dispatch, Tarentum, Pa.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The money will be combined with a
The project calls for installing about 2 miles of water distribution line to serve an area of
That area has issues with water quality and quantity, Getto said. Authorities say some wells have been contaminated by coliform bacteria from nearby malfunctioning on-lot septic systems.
The municipal authority will own and maintain the lines, Assistant Manager
Work could begin this fall, Ceraso said.
The loan will be repaid over 20 years, said
The grant was aimed at low-to-moderate income areas.
No tap-in fees for the poor
Low-income residents in the project area who meet income limits will not have to pay tap-in fees, which for them will be covered by the grant, Getto said.
Annual income limits range from
Those with higher incomes will pay a fee. The authority's fee for a typical three-quarter inch tap is
The project will include the installation of fire hydrants. Ceraso said the authority installs them every 1,000 feet, unless the township, which is responsible for their maintenance, specifies differently.
Without waterlines and hydrants, firefighters have to bring water in on tanker trucks,
Having hydrants will help improve the fire department's response time, and could help lower homeowners' insurance rates, Master said.
With this project, close to half of
"Any time waterlines are put in with hydrants, it's definitely a benefit to our residents and the fire department," he said.
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