ST. PETERSBURG - The Clarion County Planning Commission June 17 granted preliminary approval for a proposed water treatment building that will serve the St. Petersburg area.

The St. Petersburg Water Co. proposed a 2,250 square-feet water treatment building in Richland Township. The water company's plans also called for a 1,514 square-feet driveway at the existing water treatment facility.

The roof on the existing water plant building will be removed and replaced with a new metal roof. A new generator will be placed near the new water treatment building.

The existing water treatment plant was built in 1971.

The project includes the installation of a 100-gallon-per-minute dual train packaged water treatment plant; a new treatment building located on the other side of the raw water reservoir; replacement of approximately 7,400 feet of waterline; 1,550 feet of waterline to eliminate dead ends; and replacement of 64 service connections and eight fire hydrants.

The Clarion County Conservation District approved a plan for storm water management and erosion in January 2019.

The funding for the $4.4 million project was through a The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) grant awarded in October 2019.

State Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-63) and state Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-21) were instrumental in obtaining the grant.

"The availability of clean and safe water is important not only from a public health standpoint but also for fire protection and economic development," Oberlander said when the grant was awarded.

"This PENNVEST funding will help the authority to address those issue, meet state regulations and ease the financial burden that otherwise would have fallen on ratepayers," said Hutchinson earlier.

No timeline for construction was available.

The water system serves about 200 customers. It was built in 1968. The treatment plant came online in 1971.

The St. Petersburg water system is fed by two springs and a well. The water is held in a pond before flowing through the treatment plant.