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Belle Center Building New Water Tank; Receiving Funding from Ohio EPA
Belle Center is replacing its aging elevated water tank with a new 150,000-gallon tower with help from an Ohio EPA loan.
In addition to the new water tank, the village plans will include: fire hydrant installation, 8-inch diameter water line to connect the tank to the existing water lines, 12-inch storm sewer line to manage tank overflow, a backup generator and associated work with the water tank construction project.
The project will allow the village to provide better water quality, water system pressure and fire protection to its customers. The existing 100,000-gallon water tower is 78 years old and needs extensive maintenance and repairs. The extent of the repairs required and need for continuing maintenance of the existing structure is not cost effective.
Created in 1998, the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) provides below-market interest rate loans for compliance-related improvements for community water systems and nonprofit, non-community public water systems. The project is being funded through a $1.117 million WSRLA loan to the village. The reduced interest rate will save the village an estimated $225,112 over the life of the loan.
Projects eligible for WSRLA funding include design and construction loans for new, replaced, rehabilitated, upgraded or expanded water treatment plants and their components. In addition, the WSRLA can provide technical assistance to public drinking water 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.
Ohio EPA’s revolving loan funds are partially supported by federal funding 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 WSRLA 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.