6/16/16
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Funding Available from Ohio EPA to Improve West Farmington Public Water System

West Farmington is well positioned for major improvements to the community’s public water services, as the Village has been ranked among the state’s top funding priorities for public drinking water improvement projects.

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler was joined by area legislators, Trumbull County Commissioners and West Farmington Mayor Shirley McIntosh as state officials visited the village Thursday to discuss the availability of $12.5 million that will assist the community in transitioning to an improved regional water system.

“Access to safe, reliable drinking water is a necessity for any community like West Farmington that is moving forward,” Director Butler said. “Ohio EPA is eager and available to assist with planning, technical advice and financing that will help make this project a reality.”

Along with Trumbull County’s larger Blueprint to Prosperity Waterline Initiative, running a water line from the county water system to West Farmington (which will replace the Village water plant), has been listed as the number one ranked project on Ohio EPA’s drinking water funding list. As such, the project qualifies for the most favorable terms that this program has to offer: up to 50 percent of the project funding (approximately $6 million) in principal forgiveness, and the remainder of the project funding (approximately $6.5 million) at a zero percent interest rate for up to a 30-year term.

The loans are awarded based on “as-bid” (actual) construction costs. Ohio EPA will work with Trumbull County Commissioners to ensure that the proposed project meets program technical requirements so that funds can be secured before the end of the Program Year 2017.

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. 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.

To learn more about Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance, visit: http://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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