Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to Fund Northwest Ohio Water Infrastructure Projects

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) — Numerous water infrastructure projects in northwest Ohio receive millions of dollars from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Communities in Northwest Ohio receive $14.6 million in funding from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to help improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure and improve water quality.

“Drinking water and wastewater infrastructure are critical components of the Ohio economy and the quality of life for Ohioans,” Governor DeWine said. “My administration has made clean water a statewide priority and will continue to do so in the future.”

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says about $220 million in loans were made statewide in the third quarter of 2022, including $10 million in principal forgiveness. Collectively, Ohio communities will save about $40.1 million compared to market rate loans.

The projects will improve Ohio’s surface water quality and the reliability and quality of Ohio’s drinking water systems.

According to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the following projects in northwest Ohio receive funding:

  • Oregon receives $6.2 million to replace the existing chlorine disinfection process at the wastewater treatment plant with ultraviolet disinfection, improve the existing sand removal system, and implement plant safety measures.
  • Greenwich receives two loans totaling $3 million. US$2.8 million loan for Phase E2 of the combined sewer separation project. The construction will remove the existing source water from the system and help construct a new sewer to supply wastewater to the treatment plant. A $170,500 loan will be used to develop Phase 3 of the combined sewer overflow reduction project. A village-wide monitoring program was completed, during which the necessary separation points were identified.
  • Delphos receives three loans totaling $1.78 million. The largest loan, $1.6 million, is to replace the leading service lines along South Main Street. This project includes over $394,000 in principal forgiveness. Basic forgiveness is the portion of the loan that does not need to be repaid. Another loan is approximately $115,000 to replace lead plumbing and lead utility lines along Skinner Street. All this credit is a principled forgiveness. The third loan is for the development of projects to replace the Jefferson High School pumping station and upgrade the existing Bredick Street lift station. Both projects will include replacement of pumps, lining of flooded wells and replacement of control equipment.
  • Northwestern Water Supply and Sewerage District in Bowling Green is receiving a $1.19 million loan for a project to lay out several miles of dead-end aqueducts along Liberty High Road. The project will also provide unserved consumers along the route with the opportunity to connect to the public water supply.
  • Ridgeville Township Water and Sewer District receives $621,000 for a project to rehabilitate and convert two existing pumping stations into flooded wells with submersible pumps. The project will eliminate the containment, access and security issues associated with the existing dry boxes.
  • Marblehead receives $521,000 to develop a project to expand the Johnson Island water supply.
  • Toledo receives over $411,000 to replace private lead plumbing while the public plumbing is being replaced. This is a basic forgiveness loan, meaning the loan does not need to be repaid. The replacement work on the private side will be outsourced to the contract supplier so that the replacements can be completed more quickly.
  • hayesville receives over $391,000 to build a new drinking water treatment plant and replace meters. The project includes the decommissioning of the existing wastewater treatment plant and wells.
  • Edgerton receives over $263,000 to upgrade two 100,000 gallon elevated tanks, including new interior and exterior coatings, and upgrades to accessories and safety measures.
  • Muskingum Watershed Protected Area receives three $50,000 loans to provide emergency standby generators for sewer lift stations serving Pleasant Hill Lake Park, which pump sewage from the park to the village of Perrisville for treatment; for a lift serving the newly refurbished main campsite at Charles Mill Lake, which pumps wastewater to the campsite’s wastewater treatment plant; for a lift station serving the Charles Mill Sites Lake cottage area that pumps wastewater to a local wastewater treatment plant. All three loans are basic forgiveness, meaning the loans do not have to be repaid.
  • Elmore receives over $94,000 to develop a project to expand public water supply to existing single-family homes along Dischinger Road and promote further development in the area north of the Ohio Turnpike.

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