The $1.8 million state grant will help reduce flow to an overburdened pump station.
A $1.8 million grant for sewer improvements in Harborcreek Township will prevent sewage overflows into a local creek and save the township up to $30,000 annually in pump station costs.
The H2O PA Program grant to the Harborcreek Township Sewer Authority will help pay the cost to install almost two miles of sanitary sewer line from Harborcreek to Erie’s eastside sewer interceptor at East Lake Road and Franklin Avenue.
All sewage in Harborcreek currently is routed to a township pump station at East Lake Road near a creek known locally as Five Mile Creek. It’s pumped from there along East Lake Road to the city interceptor and treatment plant. In wet weather, sewage from the Harborcreek pump station overflows into the creek.
Diverting a majority of township sewage from the pump station and into the new sewer line will eliminate the overflows, state Reps. Curt Sonney, R-4th Dist., and Patrick Harkins, D-1st Dist., said in announcing the H2O PA grant.
The project also is expected to save the township an estimated $25,000 to $30,000 a year in electricity costs at its pump station.
“And that’s a conservative estimate,” Harborcreek Township Supervisor Stephen Oler said.
The new 9,365-foot sewer line will carry all sewage from south of the railroad tracks in Harborcreek Township, or more than 60% of the Harborcreek system’s average daily flow, to Erie.
The line will begin at Nagle Road and Iroquois Avenue in Harborcreek and run along Iroquois Avenue in Wesleyville to East Lake Road, and along East Lake Road in Lawrence Park to Erie.
Lawrence Park and Wesleyville will tie into the sewer line.
“It’s going to be a joint project of all three communities,” Oler said. “We’ll be working together for the benefit of all of our communities.”
Lawrence Park Township will provide $1 million for the project, Oler said.
Sewer line installation is expected to begin this fall.
The new sewer line will be part of a larger, $10 million reconfiguration of Harborcreek’s sewage collection system. The project also will include improvements to the township pump station at Six Mile Creek.
Harborcreek pumps approximately 1 billion gallons of sewage each year.
Major funding for the work will be provided by a $7.25 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority.
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