Yudichak and Schnee Announce $5.7 Million in Funding for Two Luzerne County Projects

HAZLETON — State Senator John Yudichak said Thursday that the proposed improvements will further facilitate the historic expansion of economic growth that is currently taking place in the Greater Hazleton area.

Yudichak, I-Swoyersville, and State Rep. Robert Schnee, R-Drums, announced that the Hazleton City Authority (HCA) and Greater Hazleton Community Area New Development Organization, Inc. (CAN DO) will receive full funding $5,775,000 from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority for two major infrastructure projects in the Greater Hazleton area.

“The state investments announced today under the PENNVEST low interest financing program for the Hazleton City Authority and CAN DO will help continue the two entities’ dedicated approach to improving their infrastructure. , which will strengthen their ability to continue to provide safe and reliable drinking water to the Greater Hazleton Community,” said Yudichak.

PENNVEST was founded on March 1, 1988 and serves the communities and citizens of Pennsylvania by financing sewer, storm water and drinking water projects.

“These projects will prove critical in continuing to provide the residents of Hazleton, Luzerne and Carbon counties with access to safe drinking water,” Schnee said. “I am more than happy to see these funds approved so that these improvements can be made.”

CAN DO owns and operates a public water supply system that serves commercial establishments in the Humboldt Industrial Park. The system has five wells and an interconnection with Hazleton City Authority with 60 service connections, supplying water to an employee population of approximately 11,243.

CAN DO will receive $3.5 million in funding to install a pressure oxidation and filtration system to reduce iron and manganese to acceptable levels throughout its supply system in water.

“Funding for this important filtration project will improve water quality, which will help meet the needs of industry throughout the Humboldt Industrial Park and enable CAN DO to fulfill its mission of creating and sustaining jobs in the Greater Hazleton area,” said Joseph Lettiere, President and CEO, CAN DO, Inc. “We appreciate the support of the PENNVEST Board of Directors and staff, as well as the support from Senator Yudichak and other local elected officials.”

Hazleton City Authority owns and operates a public water supply system that serves residents and commercial establishments in and around Hazle Township. A recent feasibility study revealed the need for a booster station to provide adequate water supply and pressure to existing and proposed customers on the west side of the Authority’s service area.

Hazleton City Authority will receive $2.275 million for a new booster station to be built near the intersection of State Routes 424 and 309.

“The PENNVEST funding program continues to be a great asset to the Hazleton City Authority and it’s a program we’ve been able to use to help fund many vital infrastructure projects across our system,” said Scot Burkhardt. , COO of HCA. “As always, I want to again thank Senator Yudichak and Rep. Schnee for their continued assistance and support, and the people at PENNVEST for always working so well with our staff and staff on these important projects.”

Since its inception, PENNVEST has continued to serve the communities and citizens of Pennsylvania by funding sewer, stormwater, and potable water projects throughout the Commonwealth.

These projects not only help improve Pennsylvania’s environment and the health of its residents, they also provide opportunities for economic growth and jobs for Pennsylvania workers.

Contact Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

Michael J. Birnbaum