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Congress Considers Water-System Funding

SHARON, Pa. Federal legislation designed to help improve local water and sewer infrastructure could be in place this year, said U.S. Rep. Phil English of Erie, R-3rd.

English visited Sharon's waste treatment plant Wednesday to talk about his support for the Clean Water Trust Act of 2005. He is one of 20 house members who have co-sponsored the bill.

The bill calls for $7.5 billion in federal funds a year to be dedicated to clean water infrastructure programs through the Clean Water Trust. English said the money would be distributed through local governments through grants and loans and could be used for public or private infrastructure projects.

Sharon is under state and federal mandate to improve its waste treatment plant. Sharon City Councilwoman Jennifer Barborak said the estimated costs for the work are $32 million to $34 million.

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