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West Union Project Receives Ohio EPA Loan to Replace Aging Infrastructure, Improve Water Quality, Flow and Operations
Ohio EPA has issued a more than $1.5 million low-interest loan to the village of West Union to help replace a failing water main in a core area of town. The project is expected to improve drinking water quality and reduce the number of waterline breaks, service outages and disruptions to the village.
As part of the loan from Ohio’s Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA), the village qualifies for a below-market interest rate of 1.99 percent and should save an estimated $414,000 over the 20-year life of the loan when compared to the market rate.
The village will install approximately 6,300 feet of replacement water line along Main St. from West St. to Wilson Dr., parallel to the corroded and cracked existing cast iron pipe water lines installed in 1938. The old pipes, high acidic soils, freezing and traffic impacts have resulted in significant capacity reductions and structural failure. The project is not expanding service of the village’s water distribution system, but it will improve water flow, quality and operations.
Started in 1998, the Ohio Water Supply Revolving Loan Account 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.