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Governor's Task Force Cites PA's $36.5 Billion Water Infrastructure Need; Report Underscores Call for Additional Investments
Date:10/31/2008

ource pollution. This money will be available for municipally-owned drinking water and wastewater systems statewide, large or small, urban or rural.

Governor Rendell and the legislature have laid the groundwork for an historic effort to rebuild Pennsylvania's vital infrastructure by approving two measures that will direct up to $1.2 billion to repair and upgrade our drinking water and wastewater systems.

In July, the Governor signed a bill to provide $800 million in grants over the next 10 years for critical water, sewer, flood control projects and repairs to unsafe, high hazard dams. This grant program will be funded using gaming revenues.

The Department of Environmental Protection regulates 9,359 public drinking water systems and 4,224 wastewater treatment plants. Approximately 86 percent of Pennsylvania's population (10.7 million people) is served by public water systems.

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit http://www.governor.state.pa.us.

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