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Ohio EPA Assists Stark County Community with Sewer Line Improvements

Ohio EPA is providing an interest-free loan to the village of Hartville to replace deteriorating sewer lines along Sunnyside Street and Park Lane Drive. The new lines will significantly reduce the infiltration of storm water into the sanitary sewer and sewage backups in basements. Construction is expected to begin this summer and will take approximately six months to complete.

The approximately $230,000 loan was secured through Ohio’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) and will be paired with more than $245,000 from the Ohio Public Works Commission and more than $24,000 in local funds to cover all costs. The no-interest WPCLF loan will save the village an estimated $114,000 over the 20-year life of the loan when compared to the market rate.

Since 1989, the WPCLF 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 (OWDA). Ohio EPA is responsible for program development and implementation, individual project coordination, and environmental reviews of projects seeking funds. The OWDA 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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