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Southwest Ohio Communities Receive $2.6 Million in Financing from Ohio EPA for Wastewater, Drinking Water Infrastructure Improvements
$370 Million in Low-Interest Loans Awarded Statewide in the First Quarter of 2021
Communities in Southwest Ohio are receiving more than $2.6 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 Jan. 1 and March 31, 2021. The lower interest rates and principal forgiveness will save these communities more than $1.2 million.
Statewide, Ohio EPA awarded more than $370 million in loans during the first quarter of 2021, including $6.75 million in principal forgiveness. Combined, Ohio communities will save more than $57 million when compared to market-rate loans. The projects are improving Ohio’s surface water quality and the reliability and quality of Ohio drinking water systems. This funding includes assistance to local health districts to help low-income property owners repair or replace failing household sewage treatment systems.
For the first quarter of 2021, the following Southwest Ohio projects are receiving funding:
- Miamisburg is receiving a $902,223 loan to replace the pump stations at the Cherry Hill and Byers Road pump stations. The project will increase reliability and reduce upstream sanitary sewer overflows.
- Greene County is receiving three loans totaling $418,161 to design watermain improvements. The project includes replacing about 4,200 linear feet of 12-inch watermain from the Grange Hall Booster Station at Woodcover Way to increase pumping capacity and extending about 2,100 feet of 8-inch watermain from Timberleaf Drive SE to eliminate an existing dead-end watermain. The other projects include extending watermains to provide looping and fill gaps in the transmission system from the Darst, Sunbeam, and Beaver Valley watermains, and to provide system redundancy for the Oleva Drive watermain.
- Greenfield is receiving $303,400 to design a project replacing the sanitary sewer lines for the areas east of Washington Street and south of Jefferson Street, including separating wastewater and stormwater lines where needed.
- Glendale is receiving $89,600 to develop a capacity, management, operations, and maintenance program for the sanitary sewer system.
- Clark County Combined Health District, Clermont County General Health District, Darke County General Health District, Hamilton County Board of Commissioners, Logan County Health District, and Miami County Public Health are each receiving $150,000 in principal forgiveness loans to repair and replace household sewage treatment systems.
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, non-community 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 stormwater, 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.
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.