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 December 14, 2016 - Dauphin County Commissioners approve $812,622 grant for Capital Region Water generator to ensure clean drinking water during emergencies

HARRISBURG, PA (December 14, 2016) – The Dauphin County Commissioners today awarded Capital Region Water $812,622 in federal disaster relief funding to pay for a new generator to ensure the more than 60,000 Harrisburg-area residents have access to clean water during emergencies.

The generator project is among dozens of flood mitigation efforts countywide – including bridge repairs, improving drainage and upgrading sewer lines – funded with more than $14 million in federal money available after Lee.

“During an emergency access to clean, fresh water is imperative for public health and safety,’’ said commission Chairman Jeff Haste. “We know it is only a matter of time before another flood occurs and with this grant we are ensuring that Harrisburg residents will have clean drinking water when that happens.’’

In addition to Harrisburg, the generator will serve residents in Susquehanna, Lower Paxton and Swatara townships and Penbrook Borough – more than 20,000 households in all. 

“In a severe flood or other disaster, there is a real possibility that electrical power could be out for days or even weeks,’’ said Commissioner Mike Pries. “Along with food, shelter and medicine, access to water is one of the key pillars of survival, which is why this project is so important.’’

Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III pointed out access to water is also important for fire suppression and can make the difference between whether residents must evacuate or can remain in their homes.

“This board is committed to the health and safety of all our residents and today’s generator grant award is just one way we are fulfilling that commitment,’’ Hartwick said. “It’s an example of how we are taking a proactive approach to make sure our entire community is ready as possible when disasters strike.’’


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