Mar. 30, 2017

SENECA – Many Butler County residents stand to benefit from a $128,000 state grant announced today by Reps. Lee James (R-Butler/Venango) and Brian Ellis (R-Butler) that would pay for improvements at four local water treatment plants.

“Water and sewage treatment are essential functions of government,” James said. “It’s something we often take for granted, but it’s a very important service for our communities.”

“This is an investment in the health and well-being of many Butler County residents,” Ellis said. “We’re pleased to announce this funding that will benefit so many local families.”

The $128,000 grant was awarded to the Bear Creek Watershed Authority to replace brackets at four treatment plants located in the boroughs of Bruin, Karns City, Petrolia and Fairview.

The Petrolia plant encountered problems after severely corroded and broken steel piping support brackets failed, causing problems with the water treatment process. The four plants were constructed at the same time more than 30 years ago. The grant is intended to address the issue at the Petrolia plant and ensure it does not happen at the other three plants.

The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through the state’s PA Small Water and Sewer grant program.

Representative Lee James
64th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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