JAMESTOWN — Jamestown's municipal sewer treatment facilities will get a more than $2 million upgrade with funding through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, or PennVEST.

PennVEST approved both a more $1.2 million grant and a more than $900,000 low interest loan at its meeting this week, according to state Sen. Michele Brooks and state Rep. Parke Wentling, both Republicans whose respective districts include the Jamestown area.

The authority’s existing wastewater treatment plant and Liberty Street Pump Station were built in the 1960s, have outlived their useful life and need significant upgrades and replacement, Brooks said.

"Without the PennVEST grant, user fees would have increased even more significantly," Brooks said. "This support will help residents and provide reliable infrastructure for the community and its future growth."

"This project will greatly improve service to Jamestown Municipal Authority customers residing in Crawford and Mercer counties," Wentling said. "The authority is currently facing a long and expensive list of sewer system upgrades and this $2.16 million will go a long way to make those needed fixes possible." 

The Jamestown Municipal Authority was awarded a $1,243,150 grant and a $918,850 loan to replace 500 feet of gravity sewers and 1,035 feet of force main and upgrade both the treatment facilities and the Liberty Street pump station. The funding will replace facilities and equipment that are at the end of their useful life and ensure adequate treatment of effluent before it's discharged into the Shenango River.

Specific sewer system upgrades include rerouting the gravity interceptor, new headworks with mechanical screening, new influent pump station, aeration tank improvements, four new precast clarifier tanks, ultraviolet disinfection system, conversion of two sludge holding tanks to aeration tanks, two new sludge holding tanks, new air handling system, motor control center and other necessary waste water infrastructure improvements.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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