On September 18, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the awarding of new project grants by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) under the Small Water and Sewer Program, and Act 13 funding collected from unconventional Marcellus Shale gas well impact fees. Three of Carroll Engineering’s clients received grants: The West Brandywine Township Municipal Authority and Westtown Township in Chester County; and Whitemarsh Township Authority in Montgomery County.
West Brandywine Township Municipal Authority was awarded a $309,217 grant under the Small Water and Sewer Program. The grant will be used to reconstruct the Ashberry Pump Station. The pump station represents the Authority’s largest single annual maintenance cost, and the Authority concluded that the pump station needed to be reconstructed and the capacity reduced to be more in line with future flow requirements. Grant funding will allow the Authority to accomplish their goals without the need raise rates or increase indebtedness. The Authority will be reimbursed 85% of the project costs up to the grant maximum. Carroll Engineering prepared the grant application and supporting information and submitted the application on the Authority’s behalf.
Westtown Township was awarded a $55,387 grant under the Act 13 Sewage Facilities Program. The grant will be used to prepare a comprehensive Township wide update of Westtown’s Act 537 Plan. Over the past 15-years Westtown Township has prepared detailed Act 537 Planning to identify and address sewage disposal needs in the Township. In 2014, Westtown adopted a Sewage Management Program (SMP) for the maintenance and repair of on-lot sewage disposal systems in the Township to minimize the need for public sewer extensions. Data collected from the SMP will form the basis of the Act 537 Plan update. Westtown Township will be reimbursed 50% of the project costs up to the grant maximum. Carroll Engineering prepared the grant application and supporting information and submitted the application on the Township’s behalf.
The Whitemarsh Township Authority was awarded a $323,000 grant under the small water and sewer program. The grant will allow the Authority to upgrade the secondary trickling filter at their treatment plant via the replacement of the existing rock media within the filter with a new synthetic media. This synthetic media will increase the organic loading capacity of the Authority’s treatment plant. The project will permit the Authority to accommodate new land development projects (many of which are associated with the redevelopment of former industrial sites) within the Township without having to increase borrowing. The Authority will be reimbursed 85% of the project costs up to the grant maximum. Carroll Engineering prepared the grant application (and the required PADEP permit application) for the trickling filter upgrade and submitted the application on the Authority’s behalf.