Aug. 17, 2020

ERIE – Reps. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) and Patrick Harkins (D-Erie) announced today that Harborcreek Township Sewer Authority has received a $1.8 million grant from the H2O PA Program to assist with a sewage project impacting Harborcreek Township and the surrounding communities of Wesleyville Borough and Lawrence Park Township.

Currently, all the public sewage in Harborcreek ends up at the 5 Mile Creek Pump Station at East Lake and 5 Mile Creek. It is then pumped along East Lake Road, through two16-inch force mains, through Lawrence Park Township, nearly two miles, to East Lake Road and Franklin Avenue, where it joins the city of Erie’s Eastside Interceptor. It then flows from there to the city of Erie Treatment plant. Harborcreek pumps approximately 1 billion gallons of sewage each year.

The funding will be used to install 9,365 linear feet of sewer line, beginning at Nagle Road and Iroquois Avenue and run west along Iroquois Avenue to East Lake Road, then west along East Lake Road, through Lawrence Park Township to the city of Erie at Franklin Avenue and will tie into the Erie Eastside Interceptor. The proposed interceptor will pick up all the flow south of the railroad tracks in Harborcreek Township which encompasses more than 60% of the average daily flow. When completed, the interceptor will reduce peak flows at the 5 Mile Pump Station by more than 50%, which will eliminate wet weather sanitary sewer overflows at the 5 Mile Pump Station into 5 Mile Creek.

“I am pleased to share that Harborcreek Township has received this grant,” said Sonney. “I was happy to work with Rep. Harkins in advocating for this funding, which will help all three of these communities construct a much more efficient sanitary system and save our local communities thousands of dollars.”

“I have been working with state Rep. Sonney to secure this funding for a long time because this project promises to have a major, long-term impact on the eastern part of Erie County,” Harkins said. “By reducing peak sewage flows at the 5-Mile Pump Station by more than 50%, the new interceptor is going to eliminate wet weather sewer overflows into 5 Mile Creek.”

This project will satisfy Harborcreek’s Corrective Action Plan by eliminating wet weather sanitary sewer overflows into 5 Mile Creek from the 5 Mile Creek Pump Station and will save Harborcreek, conservatively, $25,000 to $30,000 a year in electricity costs at the 5 Mile Creek Pump Station.

The H2O PA Program was established by the General Assembly and is administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The program provides for single-year and multi-year grants for the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects; the construction or renovation of flood control projects; and the repair or rehabilitation of high-hazard unsafe dams.

Representative Curt Sonney
4th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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