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Tuscarawas County to Update Wastewater Treatment Plant; Receives Financing from Ohio EPA
Tuscarawas County aims to improve water quality in Sandy Creek using a $1 million loan from Ohio EPA.
The county will apply the funding to comprehensively upgrade an aged and outdated wastewater treatment plant, including the influent screen, aeration processes, clarifiers, piping, and metering. The county will also add a dewatering facility and rehabilitate concrete structures, with a total project time of 14 months. This loan will be part of a finance package that also includes $524,000 in grants, $40,000 in local funding and $1.07 million cost share contribution from Stark County.
Created in 1989, the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) provides below market interest rate loans for communities to improve their wastewater treatment systems. The reduced interest rate on the $1.09 million loan will save Tuscarawas County about $165,548.
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.