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Antwerp Upgrading Wastewater Treatment System with Ohio EPA Financing
Antwerp will improve the village’s wastewater treatment system with a project financed by an interest-free loan from Ohio EPA.
The village will upgrade two pump stations with new wet wells and submersible pumps. The village will improve the existing wastewater plant by adding new equipment, including a chemical feed system to meet future discharge permit limits and minimize the amount of phosphorus entering the Lake Erie watershed. The village’s wastewater treatment plant discharges to North Creek, which is a Maumee River tributary.
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 interest free, $480,218 loan will save the village an estimated $234,000 compared to a market-rate loan. Total cost of the project is approximately $853,000. Ohio EPA is providing an additional $50,000 in principal forgiveness. The Ohio EPA funding combined with a $123,100 Community Development Block Grant and a $199,999 Ohio Public Works Commission grant will cover the project’s cost.
In addition to 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.
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.