The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 18, 2013

DEP awards grant for water extension

Justin Dennis
jdennis@tribdem.com

PORTAGE — The water line that the Portage Water Authority is preparing to extend to Twin Lakes and Sportsman Road residents will  be less of a burden on the borough’s finances, after a pass-through grant was awarded from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

According to a press release circulated by the office of state Rep. Gary Haluska, D-Patton, the $55,000 grant will help provide water to residents whose current supplies are being influenced by the Hughes Borehole and the abandoned Sonman mine.

Authority Manager Ron Cadwallader said the grant, drummed up through the DEP’s Bureau of Mine Reclamation, will flex to $75,000 in state reimbursement, depending on the materials purchased and work performed. He said the borough is preparing to start work by the second or third week of July.

“It’s a go,” he said. “We’re just finishing up some easements right now.”

Workers will be drilling along Jamestown Road and under Route 53. Cadwallader said September is the current completion goal.

“Every 1,000 feet, there’ll be a new hydrant and there’ll be new taps put in for everybody along that stretch,” he told The Tribune-Democrat in April. “I’ve already had inquiries from people that own property or are looking at property down there or building.”

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