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Waynesfield Project Receives Ohio EPA Loan for Water Quality Improvement
Waynesfield will improve the quality of its wastewater treatment system discharge thanks to a $130,775 interest-free loan from Ohio EPA. The loan will help the village complete design work to improve two wastewater lagoons and add a third.
Waynesfield’s lagoon system operates within its permit limits during dry weather, but during modest and heavy rain events, it can become overloaded. This can lead to excessive solids and high levels of organic matter in its effluent. In addition, the village must meet more stringent discharge limits. The village decided that upgrading the existing lagoons and adding a third lagoon is the most cost-effective solution to maintain permit compliance and protect local water quality.
Since 1989, Ohio’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund has awarded more than $6 billion in below-market financing for sewage treatment plant upgrades and other water quality improvement projects. The program has saved borrowers more than $1.1 billion in interest. Low-interest loans also have been provided to municipalities and individuals for agricultural best management practices; home sewage system improvements; contaminated site cleanup; and landfill closures. Additionally, the WPCLF can provide 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.
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.