A $10 million loan will be used to help Reading upgrade its aging sewer system.
The low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority will be put toward replacing the existing force main, said Pa. Sen. Judy Schwank and Pa. Rep. Tom Caltagirone, both Berks County Democrats.
The main broke several times last year, forcing officials to dump sewage into the Schuylkill River.
"This project will not only improve the functionality of the sewer system but it will also keep pollutants out of our river," said Schwank. "Citizens depend on our sewer systems to work properly and thanks to this funding award, the city can fix the problems and ensure that our system is working efficiently.”
The loan, officials said, will also help pay for other improvements at the pumping station near Sixth and Canal streets.
Reading is under a federal consent decree to fix problems in the city’s sewer system, which serves more than 22,000 households in Reading and bulk customers in 13 other municipalities.