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Loan to fund Bear Creek water updates

Voters will decide next week if Pennsylvania takes on $400 million in debt to fund water infrastructure improvements. But for now, the state is handing out $66 million, of which Luzerne County landed $1.13 million.

Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. got a low-interest loan to clean up local drinking water for Bear Creek Township residents, state Sen. Raphael Musto, D-Pittston Township, announced.

“The quality of water in Bear Creek is unacceptable,” Musto was quoted in a news release. “Every person should be ensured that their drinking water is safe.”

The loan goes to construct of a new groundwater supply well, booster station and a treatment facility. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is providing a 50,000-gallon storage tank.

The loan was approved Monday by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority board of directors, of which Musto has been a longtime member.

If approved by referendum, the $400 million bond will go to PENNVEST for allocation to communities throughout the Commonwealth.

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