Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced the investment of $53.4 million in nine non-point source, drinking water and wastewater projects across six counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority.

Of the $53.4 million, $47.5 million is for low-interest loans and $5.9 million is offered as grants, Corbett said in a Jan. 15 statement.

The Pennvest board has approved $1.3 billion over four years for nearly 300 projects, said Corbett.

The awards range from a $231,320 loan to a non-profit women's shelter in Franklin County to install pervious pavement, rain gardens and other improvements to deal with stormwater problems, to one of the largest, a $10.9 million loan to a community in Cambria County that will make much needed repairs and upgrades to a portion of its sanitary sewer system.

The funding comes from a combination of state funds approved by voters, federal grants to Pennvest from the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous Pennvest funding awards. Funds for the projects are disbursed after bills for work are paid and receipts are submitted to Pennvest.

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