7/17/15
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Rossford Pump Station Set for Replacement;Project Receives Funding from Ohio EPA

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District will replace the Colony Road pump station with a gravity sewer in the city of Rossford. The project will eliminate sanitary sewer overflows from the pump station into Grassy Creek, which is a Maumee River tributary.

The district is funding the project with a low-interest loan from Ohio EPA. The project will improve the water quality in the creek and eliminate a human health risk from exposure to untreated sewage.

The project involves removing the Colony Road pump station, which is undersized and outdated, leading to discharges of untreated sewage during wet weather overflows several times a year. A gravity-flow sewer will be installed at a lower cost than replacing and operating a new pump station. Flows will be directed into an existing interceptor sewer.

Created in 1989, the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) provides below-market interest rate loans for communities to improve their wastewater treatment systems. The district is getting a 1.99 percent interest rate on its $2.8 million loan. The reduced interest rate will save the Northwestern Water and Sewer District an estimated $418,767 compared to a conventional, market-rate loan.

Besides improvements to publicly owned treatment works, WPCLF loans have been provided for agricultural best management practices, home sewage system improvements, landfill closures and water quality-based storm water projects. The WPCLF provides 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. WPCLF loans also make possible the restoration and protection of some of Ohio’s highest quality water bodies through the fund’s Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program.

Ohio EPA’s revolving loan funds are 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’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance, with assistance from the Ohio Water Development Authority. Ohio EPA is responsible for program development and implementation, individual project coordination, and environmental and other technical reviews/approvals of projects seeking funds. The Ohio Water Development Authority provides financial management of the fund.

More information about the WPCLF is available at: epa.ohio.gov/defa/EnvironmentalandFinancialAssistance.aspx.

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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. Since then, 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.


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