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
“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
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