McKeesport, May 5, 2011 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today announced a $1 million state grant for the Municipal Sanitary Authority of New Kensington.

 Brewster said the money comes from Pennsylvania’s H2O PA program, which provides grants for infrastructure improvements and is funded through slot machine proceeds.

“I am pleased that a portion of gaming proceeds are used to fund worthy water and sewer projects statewide,” Brewster said. “I will continue to seek state funds that support local infrastructure improvement efforts.”

Brewster said the grant, which was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority today, would replace the sanitation authority’s treatment plant headworks system by constructing a new influent pump station and screening facilities. They would also modify existing structures (including grit removal and odor control systems) and build a new secondary aeration blower/electrical building.

The project also includes installing a new non-potable water system including new pumps and building a new non-potable water building.

Brewster praised the grant program and how it uses casino proceeds rather than tax dollars for vital local infrastructure projects.

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