Oct 22, 2019

City of Harrisburg Receives $13 Million Loan to Tackle Combined Sewer System

The city of Harrisburg, Pa., has received $13 million in funding to take on the stormwater polluting the Susquehanna River. 

The city of Harrisburg, Pa. has received $13 million in funding to take on the stormwater polluting the Susquehanna River. 

Officials at Harrisburg, Pa., water and sewer authority are planning to use a $13 million state loan to reduce the amount of untreated stormwater flowing into the Susquehanna River, reported PennLive.

A stormwater fee of about $74 per year for the average homeowner would have to be implemented to fund improvements to the city’s combined sewer system, according to PennLive.

"On behalf of Capital Region Water’s (CRW) Board of Directors, we wish to express our gratitude for the financial assistance provided through PENNVEST,” said CRW CEO Charlotte Katzenmoyer in a statement. "This funding will help CRW protect public health and the environment while offsetting the financial burden placed on our customers.”

The $13 million loan, which has an interest rate of 1%, will be used to construct green storm water infrastructure projects throughout the city of Harrisburg, according to CRW's statement. This will ensure the city meets state and federal clean water obligations.

“The borrowing rate of 1% means that CRW customers will save $3.5 million over the term of this loan compared to traditional bond financing,” Katzenmoyer said on the CRW website

This is part of the $315 million, 20-year City Beautiful H2O plan, which aims to reduce the frequency of combined sewer overflows by 80%. 

“CRW is restoring failing infrastructure, reducing combined sewer discharges, improving the health of local waterways, combating localized flooding and beautifying neighborhoods through green stormwater infrastructure,” according to the City Beautiful H2O plan

The planned installation of green infrastructure should capture between 20 and 40 million gal of storm water each year, reported CRW.

The infrastructure projects are expected to begin in 2020 in the city’s South Allison Hill and Camp Curtin neighborhoods.

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