MORRISVILLE BOROUGH >> A $1 million state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant will cover a portion of the costs of the initial infrastructure improvements needed to improve its wastewater treatment facility.
The existing facility, located in Morrisville, serves about 40,000 customers, including most of Lower Makefield Township, all of Morrisville and Yardley boroughs and a portion of Falls Township.
The grant will help fund the cost of design, bidding and construction of a pump station and infrastructure conveyance system, including installation of a 30-inch force main, a 42-inch gravity main and road restoration. It is an integral component to a new wastewater treatment facility to be constructed nearby.
“This award reflects careful planning among the Morrisville Authority, Representative Warren and my administration to address critical infrastructure needs in Lower Makefield, Yardley and Morrisville,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “The priority of my administration is creating stronger communities, and this project will go a long way toward improving the everyday lives of residents of these communities.”
State Representative Perry Warren (D-31) strongly encouraged and supported the Authority’s RACP application. He toured the current wastewater treatment facility in May with Superintendent Richard Dulay, Morrisville Municipal Authority Executive Director John Warenda, Engineer Robert Campbell, Solicitor Tom Jennings and other representatives of the plant.
“The plant upgrades will help protect natural resources and save ratepayer money,” said Warren. “It’s a prime example of the critical role that infrastructure plays in advancing public health, and improving it will positively affect thousands of people here in our communities.”
The infrastructure installation and subsequent wastewater treatment plant construction will support up to 100 skilled trades jobs for the next several years with permanent employment of approximately 15 licensed treatment operators upon completion.
Warenda expressed his appreciation for the time and effort of State Rep. Warren, State Rep. John Galloway (D-140) as well as Governor Tom Wolf in funding a project that literally lays the groundwork for a much-needed wastewater treatment facility.
“This grant helps to address very serious infrastructure needs of our participating communities,” Warenda said. “Thanks to the state’s support, the Morrisville Municipal Authority will turn a vacant brownfield into a greenfield.”