The money will pay for design and engineering work.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority will put Pulaski Township one step closer to a public sewage system.
State Sen. Gerald LaValle of Rochester, D-47th, announced that the township will receive a $605,917 low-interest loan through PennVEST.
Pulaski Supervisor Terry Sander said the money will pay for the design and engineering work for a sewage system in New Bedford and the villages of Pulaski, Frizzleburg and Pine Glenn. There are about 767 homes in those areas.
Sander said the township has been plagued by raw sewage and septic system problems.
LaValle said the township request for funding stated that malfunctions of on-lot septic systems in the township exceed 49 percent.
Township officials started looking for public funding to help install a sanitary sewage system in 1999 and this low-interest loan is the first one the township has received, Sander said.
He noted that once the engineering and design work is complete, supervisors likely will turn to PennVEST again for money to pay for installation of sewage lines.
Supervisors expect the design and engineering work on a sanitary sewage system to start sometime in the next six months.