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Capital Region Water to receive significant state funding for infrastructure improvements

Capital Region Water repairs a sewer line (file photo).

Capital Region Water soon will receive a significant flow of funds.

The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, known as PENNVEST, has approved a $41.6 million loan to the water and sewer authority for repairing and replacing water supply systems throughout Dauphin County.

“We have immense gratitude for the assistance this loan provides. This funding will help Capital Region Water invest in critical infrastructure, while offsetting the financial burden to our customers,” said Charlotte Katzenmoyer, chief executive officer of CRW.

CRW is one of 13 recipients statewide to receive a share of over $199 million in a recent PENNVEST initiative to invest in drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

With the loan money from PENNVEST, CRW has four planned phases for their project. They are as follows:

  • Drinking Water System Improvements Project: CRW will make drinking water system improvements in Allison Hill in Harrisburg by replacing around 6,300 linear feet of water main. Associated pipes, valves and hydrants will also be replaced.
  • Cameron Street Water Main Improvements: In a second phase, CRW will work to make water main improvements on Cameron Street in Harrisburg by rehabilitating about 3,500 linear feet of cast iron water main between State and Berryhill streets.
  • Water Meter Network Conversion Project: Next, CRW will replace the existing radio water meter read system with a remote read system consisting of new base stations and meters. This will take place in Harrisburg, portions of Susquehanna Township and Penbrook Borough.
  • DeHart Dam Improvements Project: This includes improvements to the Dehart Dam (Harrisburg’s primary water source) to provide greater flow of water, among other improvements. The project site is located in Rush Township, Dauphin County.

Water bills will not be affected because of this work, CRW said. The project is expected to begin on July 13 and be completed by June 2025.

According to Katzenmoyer, the PENNVEST loan will provide over $20 million in cost savings compared to a traditional bond financing, due to the low interest rate.

“The need to upgrade our water supply systems was necessary to provide safe and reliable access for all our residents,” Rep. Patty Kim (D-103) said. “Everyday access to safe water is essential to public health and safety.”

For more information, visit Capital Region Water’s website.

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