Harrisburg, April 22, 2020 – Senator John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) applauds an award to the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST). The award is a low-interest loan in the amount of $73,350,000 for the rehabilitation of the Torresdale Pump Station in Philadelphia.

“This infusion of funds will enable the Water Department to replace twelve 70-year-old pumps at the facility on State Road,” Sabatina said. “The most important aspect is that these pumps are responsible for the water supply to more than 1.5 million people. But the project also creates much-needed new jobs.”

The rehabilitation of the Torresdale pumping station, includes 12 new pumps, flow meters, and electrical equipment. The project will eliminate the risk of a water outage and provide reliability to a number of critical facilities, including Jefferson Hospital.

“Due to the age of the 12 pumps repairs were getting expensive. Parts were difficult and often impossible to locate,” Sabatina said. 

Senator Sabatina toured the PWD facilities on State Road in late 2019. The treatment facility and pumping station are part of Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania’s critical infrastructure.

“I’d like to thank Governor Wolf and the board of PENNVEST for ensuring these funds get to this critical junction of our clean and safe water supply in Philadelphia,” Sabatina said. “The timing could not be better as we need every bit of economic recovery we can get after this COVID-19 crisis.”

PENNVEST was established by law in 1988 to aid communities by providing low-interest loans for water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure projects.