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Lansdowne Borough is pleased to announce a $500,000 grant award from the State of Pennsylvania to support its sewer repair program. The repair program will perform trench restoration of approximately 2,400 linear feet of piping and associated structures. In addition to the $500,000 grant the Borough was previously awarded $50,000 and $100,000 grants for a total of $650,000. These grants will fund approximately one-half of the upcoming 2,400-foot trench restoration project. This fundraising effort will directly offset sewer fees that would otherwise be drawn from to support this work.
Lansdowne Borough owns and operates a network of over 25 miles of sanitary sewer piping and related infrastructure such as manholes and connections to neighboring municipalities. Much of this system is first generation clay piping and inadequately sized. Most of the annual sewer fee residents pay (average is $353) is a passthrough to the City of Philadelphia to supports its operation to treat the raw sewage that flows downstream to its treatment plant. Trench-restoration of the aging system is a very expensive endeavor but a necessary to protect the environment and to seal the system from extraneous water entering the system which increases the treatment cost and in turn, unnecessarily higher sewer fees.