10/22/18
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Northwest Ohio Communities Receive $9.2 Million in Financing from Ohio EPA for Wastewater, Drinking Water Infrastructure Improvements

Communities in Northwest Ohio received $9.2 million in low-interest rate funding from Ohio EPA to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure and make other water quality improvements. The loans were approved between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2018.

The lower interest rates and principal forgiveness will save these communities $1.4 million. Statewide, Ohio EPA awarded approximately $174 million in loans during the third quarter of the year, including $6.6 million in principal forgiveness. Combined, Ohio communities will save more than $34.3 million when compared to market-rate loans.

The following Northwest Ohio projects are receiving funding:

  • The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is receiving $1.1 million, interest free, to build a new 500,000-gallon drinking water storage tank for the village of McComb.
  • Tiffin is receiving $963,000 interest free to design upgrades that will increase the   wet weather capacity of the wastewater treatment plant, including making modifications to the primary and secondary clarifiers, sludge pumps, and sludge storage.
  • The Madison Water District in Richland County is receiving a $668,000 interest-free loan to install approximately 9,600 feet of waterline as part of the Altman Heights water main extension. In addition, the district is receiving a $20,000 loan, including $10,000 in principal forgiveness, to prepare an asset management plan.
  • New London is receiving $2.1 million interest free for drinking water treatment plant improvements. The project includes a new treatment train, low-service raw water pump and upgraded chemical feed systems. When complete, the village will be able to better treat drinking water affected by harmful algal bloom contaminants. In addition, the village is receiving a $20,000 loan, including $10,000 in principal forgiveness, to prepare an asset management plan.
  • Woodville is receiving a $432,000 interest-free loan to eliminate combined sewer overflows and improve the sanitary sewer system. The project includes redirecting 18 existing service laterals from an existing storm sewer to an existing sanitary sewer line.
  • Swanton is receiving $1.1 million to separate combined sewers at several locations.
  • Oregon is receiving $2.7 million to repair sanitary sewer mainlines, laterals and manholes in the Moundview Park subdivision.
  • Antwerp ($22,700), Delphos ($10,000), and Spencerville ($20,170) each are receiving interest-free loans to complete asset management plans for their drinking water systems. Additionally, $10,000 of each loan is principal forgiveness, meaning it does not have to be repaid.

Created in 1989, the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) helps communities improve their wastewater treatment systems. The Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA), started in 1998, provides loans for improvements to community drinking water systems and nonprofit, noncommunity public water systems. Both programs offer below-market interest rate loans, which can save communities a substantial amount of money compared to market-rate loans.

Ohio EPA’s state revolving fund (SRF) loans are provided to communities to build and upgrade wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, upgrade home sewage treatment systems, better manage storm water, address combined sewer overflows and implement other water quality-related projects. Financial assistance helps support planning, design and construction activities and enhances 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’s SRF loan programs are partially supported by annual federal capitalization grants and have grown substantially over time because of the revolving nature of the loan issuance and payments back into the fund. The SRF programs are 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 SRF funds.

More information about the SRF loan program 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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