3/21/17
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Hamilton Replacing River Road Water Main; Receiving Financing from Ohio EPA

The city of Hamilton is replacing the River Road water main with help from an Ohio EPA loan.

The project will replace a deteriorating 5,580-foot section of 6-inch pipe with an 8-inch line north from Joe Nuxhall Lane to Fairview Avenue. The pipe will connect to an existing 30-inch transmission main.

When complete, the new water line will create more reliable service, improve water quality and increase the available firefighting flows within the area. The existing cast-iron pipe was installed in 1954. There have been six line breaks since 1990 that disrupted service.

Created in 1998, the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) provides below-market interest rate loans for compliance-related improvements for community water systems and nonprofit, non-community public water systems. The project is being funded through a $1.03 million WSRLA loan to the city. The reduced interest rate will save Hamilton an estimated $148,600 over the life of the loan.

Projects eligible for WSRLA funding include planning, design and construction loans for new, replaced, rehabilitated, upgraded or expanded water treatment plants and their components. In addition, the WSRLA can provide technical assistance to public drinking water systems to improve and enhance the technical, managerial and financial capacity of these systems.

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 WSRLA 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 WSRLA is available at: epa.ohio.gov/defa/EnvironmentalandFinancialAssistance.aspx.

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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.


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