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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 19-1403




Environmental Assessment Approval for PENNVEST Funding Consideration

[49 Pa.B. 5387]
[Saturday, September 14, 2019]

Scope: Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Projects for October 16, 2019, Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) Board Meeting Consideration

Description: PENNVEST, which administers the Commonwealth's Clean Water Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), is intended to be the funding source for the following projects. The Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) review of these projects, and the information received in the Environmental Report for these projects, has not identified any significant, adverse environmental impact resulting from any of the proposed projects. The Department hereby approves the Environmental Assessment for each project. If no significant comments are received during this comment period, the Environmental Assessment will be considered approved and funding for the projects will be considered by PENNVEST.

 To be considered, the Department must receive comments on this approval on or by Monday, October 14, 2019. Electronic comments should be submitted using the Department's eComment site at Written comments can be submitted by e-mail to or by mail to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Use ''PENNVEST SRF-Environmental Assessment'' as the subject line in written communication.

 For more information about the approval of the following Environmental Assessments or the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Programs, contact Richard Wright at, Bureau of Clean Water, Department of Environmental Protection, P.O. Box 8774, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774, (717) 772-4059, or visit the Department's web site at

 Any comments received during the comment period, along with the Department's comment and response document will be available on the Department's web site at

 Upon their approval the full list of approved projects and their costs can be found in a press release on PENNVEST's web site at

DWSRF Projects Being Considered:

Applicant: Erie City Water Authority
d/b/a Erie Water Works
County: Erie
Applicant Address: 240 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16501

Project Description: The project includes replacement of the Cherry Street booster pump station (PS) and the addition of booster chlorination facilities. The Cherry Street PS collectively consists of three pumping stations, which are the Cherry Street East booster, Cherry Street West booster and Cherry Street South booster stations. There are currently three existing pumps at each of the three Cherry Street PSs (East, West and South). The project design calls for three new pumps at the East and West booster stations and two new pumps at the South booster station. The East booster station will be equipped with three new vertical turbine pumps with design flows of 1,312, 1,312 and 1,915 gallons per minute (gpm). The West booster station will be equipped with three new vertical turbine pumps with design flows of 1,915, 3,290 and 3,290 gpm. The South booster station will be equipped with two new horizontal pumps with design flows of 2,250 gpm each. The proposed upgrades at the Cherry Street PS will allow for the PS to continue to provide suitable domestic and fire flow and associated pressures to the many residential, commercial and industrial customers located within the project area.

Problem Description: The existing electrical and mechanical gears of the Cherry Street PSs are past their useful life. The Cherry Street PS was originally constructed in the 1920's and the electrical gear and equipment in the East booster and West booster stations were replaced in 1954 and modified again in 1974. Although maintenance has occurred on an as needed basis, the electrical gear at the East and West booster stations is obsolete and spare parts are no longer available. The Cherry Street South booster station was added in the early 1990's to provide service and accommodate growth to the south.


Applicant:Middlesex Water Company—
Twin Lakes Utilities, Inc.
County: Pike
Applicant Address: 485 C Route 1 South
Suite 400
Iselin, NJ 08830

Project Description: The project includes the replacement of the existing distribution system (4,000 linear feet (lf) of 4-inch main and 12,000 lf of 2-inch main), rehabilitation of the existing well station and storage tank, installation of a new 20,000 gallon storage tank, construction of a new well (PW # 3) and well station (with disinfection facilities) with 8,700 lf of new 3-inch and 4-inch transmission main from the well house to the new storage tank, inspection of existing PW # 2 and rehabilitation if necessary, installation of back-up generators, new meters and meter pit to be installed at each house connection (120 units), and system monitoring and security upgrades in Sagamore Estates, Milford and Shohola Townships, Pike County.

Problem Description: The existing Middlesex Water Company—Twin Lakes Utilities, Inc. community water supply system serves Sagamore Estates, which is a residential housing development in Shohola Township,Pike County. The system includes two wells, disinfection treatment, a 20,000-gallon in-ground storage tank, booster pumping station, distribution mains and other appurtenances. Current issues and concerns with the existing water system include significant water leaks within the distribution piping, the loss of production from PW # 1 due to a collapsed borehole, stress on the local aquifer because PW # 2 must be continuously pumped to make up for the loss of PW # 1 and the inability to rapidly repair and rehabilitate the distribution piping and PW # 1. The existing wells are in proximity to each other and it appears the continuous operation of PW # 2 has resulted in further collapse of PW # 1 and the lowering of groundwater levels in both wells.

If PW # 2 was to be shut down for any reason, there would be no water supply for the community. The Department requires a minimum of two wells that can supply system demand. Therefore, new well development and a distribution piping replacement project were identified as necessary efforts to upgrade the system. Furthermore, the new distribution system would replace the current system that consists of a mixture of piping materials and appurtenances, some of which are leaking. The new meters would allow for improved water loss control. The new emergency generators would allow for an uninterrupted supply of water in the case of a power outage. The new telemetry and security improvements would allow for a more reliable supply of water for the residents of Sagamore Estates. The improvements would enhance the ability of the applicant to operate and maintain system facilities.


Applicant: Borough of Tyrone
County: Blair
Applicant Address: 1100 Logan Avenue
Tyrone, PA 16686

Project Description: The Borough of Tyrone (Borough) has proposed to clean, repaint and repair the 23rd Street storage tank and install new pumps at the 23rd Street pump station. The Borough also proposed distribution work which includes the construction of a chlorine booster station to increase the chlorine residual delivered to the Vail Industrial Park, approximately 7,400 lf of waterline replacement along Pennsylvania Avenue and 15th Street, the replacement of seven stream crossings and installing/replacing valves in significant locations of the distribution system to prevent disruptive waterline breaks.

Problem Description: Many components of the water system were installed decades ago and are nearing or have exceeded their life expectancy. To prevent major equipment failures, storage and pump station facilities will be upgraded and sections of existing waterlines will be replaced.

Department of Environmental Protection


Executive Director
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-1403. Filed for public inspection September 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]

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