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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 9, 2016 11:48 AM
From: Senator John T. Yudichak
To: All Senate members
Subject: Reintroduction of Legislation – Funding for Water and Sewer Systems
I plan to reintroduce legislation (SB 381) that amends the Water and Sewer Systems Assistance Act of 2008. As you may recall, this legislation provided $400 million for the acquisition, repair and construction of water supply and sewer treatment systems through a bond approved by the voters.

My legislation would authorize a new referendum for $600 million. If approved by voters, the bond proceeds would be deposited in the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) to be used for grants and loans for drinking water, stormwater, nonpoint source projects and wastewater treatment systems.

There is a great demand for this funding assistance; the Department of Environmental Protection in 2015 estimated a 10-year statewide need of $18.6 billion for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

Additionally, it is important to note that infrastructure projects not only contribute to improving Pennsylvania's environment and the health of its people, but also provide much needed job and economic growth opportunities.

I hope that you will join me in sponsoring this important legislation. If you have any questions, please contact my staff at 717-787-7105

Previous co-sponsors include: Argall, Boscola, Brewster, Costa, Fontana, Hughes, Rafferty, Schwank, Stefano, Vulakovich, White

Introduced as SB394