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Adams County Project Receives Ohio EPA Loan for Drinking Water Quality and Public Health Improvements
Ohio EPA has issued a $427,717 low-interest loan to the Adams County Regional Water District to help construct the Sunshine Ridge waterline extension project, which will improve the drinking water quality for residents and eliminate a public health risk.
In addition to the loan from Ohio’s Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA), the district qualifies for $126,982 in principal forgiveness, which does not need to be repaid. Combined with the below market long-term interest rate of 1.88 percent for which the district qualified, the district will save an estimated $355,000 over the 30-year life of the loan when compared to the market rate of 4.13 percent. The project is expected to cost $1.2 million. It is being financed by multiple funding sources, including grants that reduce the loan amount needed by almost $750,000. The district will not increase user rates due to this project.
The project will provide treated water to 42 residences currently on individual wells contaminated with various coliform and E. coli bacteria. The Sunshine Ridge Road waterline extension will involve the installation of approximately 73,000 feet of pipe, a small booster pumping station and a 138,000-gallon standpipe (water storage tank).
Started in 1998, the WSRLA has provided more than $900 million in loans with below-market interest rates for compliance-related improvements to public water systems. The program has saved public water systems more than $158 million in interest. Additionally, the WSRLA can provide technical assistance to public 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.
This state revolving loan fund is 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, with assistance from the Ohio Water Development Authority. Ohio EPA is responsible for program development and implementation, individual project coordination and environmental reviews of projects seeking funds. The Ohio Water Development Authority provides financial management of the fund.
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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA -- 40 years and moving forward.