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Ohio EPA Assists Lorain County Community with Sanitary Sewer and Drinking Water Improvements
Ohio EPA is providing two low-interest loans to the village of Wellington to install new sanitary sewers and water mains as part of a complete reconstruction of Adams Street.
A loan of $653,988 from Ohio’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) will allow Wellington to replace aged and deteriorating sanitary sewers that have been subject to storm water infiltration and inflow. The new sewer line will dramatically reduce extraneous flow and improve operation of the village’s wastewater treatment plant.
A second loan of $193,974 from Ohio’s Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) will be used to replace aged and undersized water mains and related equipment. That will reduce the number of water main breaks and ensure the reliable delivery of safe drinking water to residents.
Combined, the 20-year, low-interest loans will save the village $138,488 compared to market-rate loans.
The WPCLF provides below-market interest rate loans for communities to improve their wastewater treatment systems. WPCLF loans are used for many purposes such as improvements to publicly owned treatment works and home sewage treatment systems, water quality-based storm water projects, agricultural best management practices, and landfill closures.
The WSRLA provides below-market interest rate loans for compliance-related improvements to community water systems and nonprofit, non-community public water systems. Eligible projects include design and construction loans for new, replaced, rehabilitated, upgraded or expanded water treatment plants and their components.
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 help 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 WPCLF and WSRLA loans 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.