Redbank Valley authority gets grant for leak detection

From staff reports

The Redbank Valley Municipal Authority has received a $103,787 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

State Rep. Donna Oberlander and State Sen. Scott Hutchinson announced the awarding of the grant Tuesday.

The funds will be used to purchase and install water detection equipment for a comprehensive leak detection evaluation system to determine the amount of outflow occurring within each sector in the system.

The authority will also use the money to purchase and install equipment to treat foul-smelling water. Testing indicated that about 8 milligrams per liter of powered activated carbon was required to reduce the odor to a non-detectable level.

“The Redbank Valley Municipal Authority has invested a great deal of capital into numerous improvements to its water system over the years in an effort to serve additional customers throughout the Redbank Valley,” said Oberlander. “Because the service area is so large geographically, it makes perfect business sense to ensure that the authority has a system in place to make sure the water it is treating is conveyed to its customers,” Oberlander added.

Hutchinson said that “despite its best efforts to identify and repair the problem areas, the municipal authority has been aware of ongoing water leaks within its system. This grant will help the authority return its system to optimal operating efficiency.”

The grant is made possible by the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program, administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority of the Department of Community and Economic Development.

The program offers grants for small water and sewer infrastructure projects and can be used to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.