Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Receives Update from Green Infrastructure Grant Recipients
An investment of $500,000 over two years returns $1.8 million in green infrastructure projects and the capacity to manage four million gallons of stormwater throughout Pittsburgh.
(Pittsburgh, PA) Yesterday the organizations that received funding through the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s (PWSA) Green Infrastructure Grant Program provided project updates and shared how the matching and mini-grant contributions are benefiting neighborhoods, managing stormwater, and educating the community about green solutions to reduce neighborhood flooding, and combined sewer overflows.
PWSA’s grant program, established in 2015 authorized $500,000 to fund projects benefiting the Pittsburgh community. The grants to date have produced a total of $1.8 million worth of green infrastructure and education projects, which is more than three times PWSA’s investment in the program.
“With this seed funding we are meeting the goals and objectives of becoming a green first city and finding cost-effective ways to manage stormwater,” stated Robert A. Weimar, PWSA’s Interim Executive Director. “The cost to PWSA and its ratepayers is approximately $.12/per gallon of water managed – far less than if we were to construct the projects on our own.”
Grants range in size from a mini-grant of $5,000 awarded to a non-profit organization or a community group, to matching grants that will reimburse property owners or agencies up to 50 percent of the project cost to build large-scale green infrastructure projects.
The grant program has received enthusiastic support from organizations interested in building and educating the public about green infrastructure. In 2015, PWSA received 38 applications and awarded 17 projects, and in 2016, received 26 applications and awarded 13 projects.
“The grant program establishes valuable community partnerships while leveraging private funding to complete more green infrastructure projects,” Robert Weimar stated during his opening remarks. “I encourage you to share your successes and demonstrate the value of your projects to the broader Pittsburgh community.”
For more information on the City of Pittsburgh and PWSA’s Green First Plan, visit http://pgh2o.com/going-green.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is the largest combined water, sewer and stormwater authority in Pennsylvania, serving 300,000 consumers throughout the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.