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Belmont County Project Receives Ohio EPA Loan for Water Quality Improvement
A $2.34 million interest-free Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) from Ohio EPA will fund a drinking water intake structure project that will provide Bellaire residents with a more reliable supply of drinking water.
Bellaire plans to use the funding to construct a 13-foot diameter collector well, two additional horizontal collector wells and three vertical turbine pumps. The project will replace the village’s existing raw water intake structure which is collapsing and has caused a reduced amount of water to be available to treat and supply for customers. The construction is to be completed within 12 months. The loan will be financed through $927,656 in principal forgiveness and a $1.4 million WSRLA interest-free loan.
Started in 1998, the Ohio WSRLA has provided more than $900 million in loans with below-market interest rates for compliance-related improvements to public water systems. The program has saved public water systems more than $158 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.
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.