The Pennridge Regional Authority (PRA) in January received a $3.68 million grant from PENNVEST to extend a water main along Old Bethlehem Pike and Tabor Road (in East and West Rockhill townships) to provide water service to residents that have wells contaminated with per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs).
PRA began working on this known contamination issue in 2016. A design concept and cost estimate were developed in 2018 to serve this area. In the meantime, PRA invested in its infrastructure to make serving this area possible with the addition of a booster pump station at the storage tank location. The addition of the booster station will allow PRA to increase pressure in certain areas and extend its service area.
This $3.68 million grant will allow PRA to construct roughly 6,000 linear feet of 8-inch water main along Old Bethlehem Pike north from Three Mile Run Road to Forest Road and an additional roughly 450 linear feet west from Old Bethlehem Pike out Tabor Road. This project will see 11 new fire hydrants installed and provide service to 53 existing dwellings in both East and West Rockhill townships.
The tentative start date is sometime in the Spring/Summer of 2023.