JENNERSVILLE – Rep. John Lawrence (R-West Grove) today announced approval of $1.1 million in state grants for municipal water infrastructure improvements across southern Chester County.
“Regular upgrades of municipal water infrastructure help to keep rates reasonable while providing quality service to the community,” said Lawrence. “These grant awards are very competitive – today’s announcement is the culmination of a lot of hard work and will go a long way to improving water service for the two boroughs in our area.”
Oxford will receive a $600,000 state grant to update metering infrastructure across the borough’s municipal water system. West Grove will receive a $500,000 state grant to replace a failing municipal water main adjacent to East Evergreen Street on the northeast side of the borough. Oxford and West Grove are both in the midst of initiatives to upgrade their municipal water systems to improve service for residents and business owners.
“In order for the borough to ensure the sustainability of our municipal water system, we must make strategic investments into critical infrastructure,” said Kathryn Cloyd, Oxford Borough Council president. “This grant will enable us to improve efficiency and customer service with the installation of Advanced Metering. Improved efficiency saves tax dollars and time. We thank our legislators and the Commonwealth Financing Authority for this support.”
“West Grove Borough would like to thank the CFA for this grant,” said Greg McCummings, West Grove Borough manager. “The funding will be used to replace the undersized 4-inch cast iron water main in the northeast corner of the borough with a larger ductile iron concrete lined water line. Two additional fire hydrants will be added in the area, improving fire protection and safety along with improving the reliability of the borough’s water distribution system for future generations.”
“Growing up in southern Chester County, I always thought our area saw little attention from Harrisburg, with few state grant dollars coming back to our community. During my time in office, I’ve made it a priority to change that,” added Lawrence. “Working with local municipalities and other elected officials, together we have ensured our community is not forgotten when it comes to state funding. These dollars will be put to good use to improve infrastructure both for today and the next generation.”
Representative John Lawrence
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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