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Wood County Project Receives Ohio EPA Loan for Water Quality Improvement

Northwestern Water & Sewer District has taken one of the first steps to improve surface water quality in the Rossford area by applying for and receiving a $15,000 low-interest loan from Ohio EPA. The loan will help the village plan the best way to replace the Colony Road pump station.

The pump station is part of a sanitary sewage collection system that serves the city of Rossford. During some rain storms and snow melts, the collection system discharges raw sewage to Grassy Creek, a tributary of the Maumee River. Northwestern Water is pursuing city-wide improvements to address water that infiltrates the collection system and leads to sewage discharge problems as well as improving poor collection system design and lack of capacity.

Since 1989, Ohio’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund has awarded more than $6 billion in below-market financing for sewage treatment plant upgrades and other water quality improvement projects. The program has saved borrowers more than $1.1 billion in interest. Low-interest loans also have been provided to municipalities and individuals for agricultural best management practices; home sewage system improvements; contaminated site cleanup; and landfill closures. Additionally, the WPCLF can provide 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.

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.

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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. 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.


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