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Hamilton County to Improve Wastewater Treatment; Receiving Financing from Ohio EPA
Hamilton County is using a low-interest loan from Ohio EPA to make improvements at the Muddy Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant that will, in turn, help improve the water quality in Muddy Creek.
Through this project, the county will add two centrifuge units and an odor control system at the dewatering building. The project also will make improvements at the primary settling tanks to help the wastewater treatment plant operate at its rated peak flow capacity. These improvements will not only reduce odors at the facility but also help better handle the higher sewage volumes during wet weather events. The public’s exposure to untreated sewage will be reduced and the quality of the discharge into Muddy Creek will be improved.
Created in 1989, the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) provides below-market interest rate loans for communities to improve their wastewater collection and treatment systems. The reduced interest rate on the $7.8 million loan will save Hamilton County $1.1 million.
In addition to improvements to publicly owned treatment works, WPCLF loans have been provided for agricultural best management practices, home sewage system improvements, landfill closures and water quality-based storm water projects. The WPCLF provides technical assistance to public wastewater systems in a variety of areas from the planning, design and construction of improvements to enhancing the technical, managerial and financial capacity of these systems. WPCLF loans also make possible the restoration and protection of some of Ohio’s highest quality water bodies through the fund’s Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program.
Ohio EPA’s revolving loan funds are partially supported by federal grants and designed to last indefinitely through repayment of loans and investments in bonds. The loan program is managed by Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance, with assistance from the Ohio Water Development Authority. Ohio EPA is responsible for program development and implementation, individual project coordination, and environmental and other technical reviews/approvals of projects seeking funds. The Ohio Water Development Authority provides financial management of the fund.
More information about the WPCLF is available at: epa.ohio.gov/defa/EnvironmentalandFinancialAssistance.aspx.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.