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Easton Water Authority gets $3.4 million loan

EASTON, Pa. - Governor Tom Wolf announced Northampton County is one of nine counties to receive funding for water projects.

Easton Suburban Water Authority received a $3,401,900 loan to invest in a variety of improvements for its drinking water system.

The funding will allow the water authority to replace 1.6 miles of piping, install control valves, hydrants and service laterals.

The current system is leaking and not able to provide sufficient water pressure for firefighting or during times of peak demand.

State Sen. Lisa Boscola, who represents the Senate Democratic Caucus as a member of the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVEST) Board of Directors, said that PennVEST will provide a 1 percent interest rate for the first five years of the 20-year loan.

She said the rate is only 1.743 percent for the duration.

PennVEST helps fund sewer, storm water and drinking water projects throughout Pennsylvania.

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