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Mifflin to Improve Wastewater Treatment, Reduce Nutrients; Receiving Financing from Ohio EPA
A new wastewater treatment system will help Mifflin improve water quality in Charles Mill Lake by capturing and treating wastewater from 60 homes and 10 businesses currently served by home septic treatment systems (HSTS). Some of the existing systems are failing and cause water quality problems when untreated or partially-treated sewage migrates from individual properties to streams, lakes and other public recreational areas.
The new wastewater treatment system will collect and treat the village’s sewage. It is being funded by a combination $2.7 million principal forgiveness and a $750,000 grant from the Ohio Water Development Authority.
This project is also part of Ohio EPA’s current $100 million HAB-related nutrient reduction effort to help wastewater systems reduce the levels of discharged phosphorus and other pollutants that can contribute to harmful algal blooms (HABs).
Created in 1989, the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) provides below-market interest rate loans for communities to improve their wastewater treatment systems. This non-repayable principal forgiveness loan will save Mifflin an estimated $3,738,478 compared to a conventional, market-rate loan.
Besides 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.