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New Boston to Improve Wastewater Treatment; Receiving Financing from Ohio EPA
Ohio River water quality downstream from New Boston will continue to improve as the village enters the next phase of building new storm sewers to ensure rain water and snow melt do not infiltrate into existing, aged sanitary sewers.
New Boston has completed three phases of sewer projects along Rhodes Avenue, Manning Street, Peebles Street, Finney Street, Stewart Street and Glenwood Avenue.
During phase four, the village will extend the storm sewer on Rhodes Avenue from Glenwood Avenue one block to Center Street and to Gallia Street. Managing and conveying storm water will prevent infiltration into sanitary sewer lines and the village will have less volume of water to treat.
Created in 1989, the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) provides below-market interest rate loans for communities to improve their wastewater treatment systems. New Boston will be using a $1.057 million loan, of which, $719,000 will be forgiven. The remaining $338,000 will be interest free, which will save the village an additional $95,979.
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 WSRLA 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.