COLUMBUS, Ohio – Communities in southwestern Ohio are receiving more than $25.6 million in low-interest funding from the Ohio EPA to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure and make further improvements to water quality. The loans were approved between October 1 and December 31, 2021. Lower interest rates will save these communities more than $11 million.
• Wilmington receives $3.4 million to design a new wastewater treatment plant and repurpose the existing wastewater treatment plant.
• New Vienna is receiving $40,135 to plan a project to replace an aging and deteriorated water main on Church Street and develop a GIS database to assist with asset management and hydraulic modeling.
Statewide, the Ohio EPA issued more than $159.9 million in loans during the fourth quarter of 2021, including more than $22 million in principal forgiveness. Together, communities in Ohio will save approximately $44.5 million compared to market rate loans.
The projects improve the quality of Ohio’s surface waters and improve the reliability and quality of Ohio’s drinking water systems. This funding includes assistance to local health districts to help low-income homeowners repair or replace failing household wastewater treatment systems.
The Ohio EPA funded approximately $797 million for public works projects in 2021, saving communities more than $166 million in interest compared to market-rate loans. This includes nearly $10.6 million in principal forgiveness loans to 72 local health districts to help low-income homeowners repair or replace failing household sewage systems.
For the fourth quarter of 2021, the following Southwest Ohio projects are also receiving funding:
Logan County is receiving $7.8 million to construct a sanitary sewer serving residences on Orchard Island and Wolfe Islands in Washington Township. The project will include a gravity sewer, forcemain and associated features such as manholes.
Palestine-Hollansburg Joint Sewer District is receiving $7.5 million to construct a new regional sanitary sewer collection system and wastewater treatment plant that will replace failing domestic wastewater treatment systems. The system will be operated under an agreement between the Palestine-Hollansburg Joint Sewer District and the Glen Karn Corridor Secondary Sewer District. $4.05 million of the loan is for forgiveness of principal and does not have to be repaid.
Dayton is receiving $2.1 million to begin the design of Phase II of the anaerobic digestion project which will address all remaining digester upgrades not addressed in Phase I.
Union receives $1.76 million to extend 5,300 linear feet of 12-inch watermain from the intersection of East Martindale Road and Frederick Pike south to Aullwood Center and Farm Audubon, and 750 linear feet of 8 inch water main from Frederick Pike westerly along the center driveway of the building. The total amount is a principal repayment loan, which means that the loan does not have to be repaid.
Greene County is receiving $1.25 million to design and build approximately 7,260 feet of 8-inch watermain to replace existing 6-inch watermains, which are undersized and prone to breakage.
Ansonia receives $900,000 for a project to locate and eliminate entries and infiltrations in the sanitary collection system. The project will double and replace sewers and rehabilitate a lift station. The total amount of the loan is a capital forgiveness, which does not have to be repaid.
Greenville is receiving $856,980 to replace lead service lines and replace or relocate water meter wells. The loan is a principal forgiveness loan and does not have to be repaid.
Established in 1989, the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) helps communities improve their wastewater treatment systems. The Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA), launched in 1998, provides loans for the improvement of community drinking water systems and non-profit non-community public water systems. Both programs offer loans at below market interest rates, which can save communities a substantial amount of money compared to a market rate loan.
Loans from the Ohio State EPA Revolving Fund (SRF) are provided to communities to build and upgrade wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, upgrade household wastewater treatment systems, better manage storm water, remediate combined sewer overflows and implement other water quality projects. Financial assistance helps support planning, design and construction activities and improves the technical, managerial and financial capacity of these systems. WPCLF loans make possible the restoration and protection of Ohio’s highest quality water bodies through the fund’s Water Resources Restoration Sponsorship Program.
Ohio’s SRF loan programs are partially supported by annual federal capital grants and have grown significantly over time due to the revolving nature of loan issuance and in-fund repayments. SRF programs are administered by the Environmental and Financial Assistance Division of the Ohio EPA, with assistance from the Ohio Water Development Authority. The Ohio EPA is responsible for program development and implementation, coordination of individual projects, environmental, and other technical reviews/approvals of projects seeking funds. The Ohio Water Development Authority provides financial management of SRF funds.
More information about the SRF Loan Program is available at: https://epa.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/epa/divisions-and-offices/environmental-financial-assistance.