HARRISBURG—Reps. Meghan Schroeder (R-Bucks) and Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) unveiled a plan negotiated with Gov. Tom Wolf and Rep. Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks) to release a $3.8 million grant to support water treatment efforts in Horsham, Warminster, Warrington and Warwick townships.
The money will be used to remove surcharges from residents’ water bills. It will bolster funding awarded over the past few years to help Warminster and Warrington address contamination, and to install the carbon filters in Horsham.
"For years, our residents have absorbed the cost of purchasing clean water due to the federal government’s inability to clean up its own mess,” Schroeder said. “With this state funding, we will finally be able to alleviate the surcharge for this water from our ratepayers. As Warwick Township deals with similar contamination issues, we will work to ensure that this funding will assist them with needed infrastructure improvements. We shouldn't have to bear the costs of removing the federal government's contamination from our drinking water, but in the interim we can't sit here and do nothing."”
During a press conference announcing the grant, Schroeder, Stephens and Wolf called on the Environmental Protection Agency to establish an enforceable, nationwide drinking water standard for PFAS under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
“The federal government played a big role in causing these issues and they should be stepping up in a much bigger way,” Wolf said. “We need the White House and Congress to get serious about addressing this issue.”
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – PFAS – are man-made chemicals resistant to heat, water and oil, and persist in the environment and the human body. The chemicals leached into local drinking water through fire extinguishing foam used at area military bases.
Representative Meghan Schroeder
29th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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