8/22/13
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Ohio EPA Assists East Liverpool with Water and Sewer Line Improvements

Ohio EPA is providing two low-interest loans totaling more than $755,000 to the city of East Liverpool to replace deteriorating and inaccessible drinking water and sanitary sewer lines. The upgrades will help ensure customers continue to receive safe and reliable water and sewer services.

A second loan of $224,452 will be used to replace and relocate a 70-year-old sanitary sewer force main with 1,369 feet of sewer line. The loan comes from the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF).

Combined, the 20-year loans will save the city more than $200,000 in interest payments when compared to market rate loans.

Started in 1998, the WSRLA has provided more than $1 billion in loans with below-market interest rates for compliance-related improvements to public water systems. The program has saved public water systems more than $175 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.

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.

These state revolving loan funds are partially supported by federal grants and designed to last indefinitely through repayment of loans and investments in bonds. The programs are 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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