– Rep. Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks) announced Warrington Township has received a Military Installation Remediation and Infrastructure Authority (MIRIA) grant to support efforts in providing PFAS-free water to residents through North Wales Water Authority (NWWA).
“I am proud to announce a grant to continue providing clean, free water to more of our residents in Warrington,” said Polinchock. “PFAS-contaminated water has been a top priority of mine since day one and I will continue in helping secure funds and supporting protects that brings us closer to the finish line in this fight for clean, free water.”
“We are very pleased to again obtain grant approval through the MIRIA program,” said Robert C. Bender, executive director of the North Wales Water Authority.
North Wales Water Authority was awarded $1,936,444 in grant funding to continue providing residents with clean water.
“These funds will be used exclusively to help us in our continued efforts to remedy water contamination issues impacting residents and businesses in Horsham, Warminster, and Warrington Townships. Without MIRIA's financial support, these essential activities would be both delayed and reduced to the detriment of the communities. We thank all parties involved in making these funds available,” said Robert C. Bender, executive director of the North Wales Water Authority.
For decades, the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station conducted military training exercises using aqueous film-forming foam in firefighter training activities. This foam contained PFAS and contaminated the drinking water supplies in the area. The cost of removing the contaminants has been passed on to ratepayers.
The funding for this grant was made possible by a law introduced by Reps. Todd Polinchock, Todd Stephens and Meghan Schroeder, so that locally paid state taxes stayed in the community to reimburse consumers and municipalities that spent millions to remove PFAS from drinking water.