HARRISBURG – State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-West Whiteland) and state Rep. John Lawrence (R-West Grove) announced today that the Borough of Oxford will receive $416,000 in state grant funding to upgrade its water service system.
The funds, which were approved today by the Commonwealth Finance Authority, come through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Grant Program. They will support important improvements to the borough’s residential and school campus water service system.
“Water is life and we cannot take our water system for granted. It’s crucial that we make improvements and upgrades to ensure that our water infrastructure is safe, efficient, and healthy now and into the future,” Dinniman said. “I was proud to work with the Borough of Oxford and state Rep. Lawrence to secure this vital funding, which will go a long way in ensuring continued access to clean water for residents, students, teachers, and families throughout the area.”
"Sometimes it's easy to forget about underground water pipes until one breaks and causes a flood," said Lawrence. "Oxford's forward-thinking approach to address key water infrastructure before there is a problem should be commended. Senator Dinniman and I worked hand-in-hand to advocate for this grant funding, which will pay to replace water mains around the school district’s elementary and middle school campus."
"The residents and taxpayers of the borough are grateful for the work of Senator Dinniman and Representative Lawrence, and all those who worked behind the scenes to make this moment possible," said Oxford Borough Council President Peggy Russell. "We are excited to be able to improve the quality of water to our public school campus and surrounding residences, replacing pipes that are at least 70 years-old. In addition, this improves the water flow from hydrants for fire protection in that area."
The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Grant Program supports municipalities and municipal authorities in activities to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, rehabilitation or repair of a water supply system, sanitary sewer system, storm sewer system, or flood control projects.
Representative John Lawrence
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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