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Ohio EPA Assists Summit County Community with Drinking Water Improvements
Ohio EPA is providing a $179,463 loan to the village of Lakemore to install a new well in Waterworks Park and connect it to the existing water treatment plant. Adding another well to the system will ensure customers continue to receive a reliable supply of safe drinking water.
The 20-year loan comes from the Ohio Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA). Lakemore qualified for a low-interest rate of 2.09 percent, which will save the village nearly $50,000 in interest payments when compared to a market rate loan.
Started in 1998, the WSRLA has provided more than $1 billion in loans with below-market interest rates for compliance-related improvements to public water systems. The program has saved public water systems more than $243 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.
The loan program is jointly managed by Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance and Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, with assistance from the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA). Ohio EPA is responsible for program development and implementation, individual project coordination, and environmental reviews of projects seeking funds. The OWDA 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.