Congressman Bill Shuster is pleased to announce that Highridge Water Authority will receive $250,000 in Army Corps of Engineers funding for critical improvements to its water supply system in Brush Valley Township.
The authority will use this funding to extend water lines to approximately forty homeowners along Cresswell, Myers, and Roundtop Roads, who were not included in the Authority's original $6.4 million expansion into the township in 2010.
The area has suffered for years from poor quality and inadequate supply from ground water sources. The federal funding will be matched with a minimum of $150,000 from the water authority. Authority personnel will construct the three miles of water line necessary to complete the project.
"I am pleased to have been successful in directing this Army Corps funding to Highridge," Shuster said. "A clean, reliable water system is a prerequisite for economic development and a way to immediately improve the quality of life for residents in rural areas.
"Rural projects are just so difficult to undertake due to the large distance and small population involved, " explained Highridge's Executive Director George E. Sulkosky. "Without the federal commitment and the attention given to the problem by Representative Shuster and Senator White, these extensions don't get done."