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Perry County Communities Receive Financing from Ohio EPA for Storm Water, Sanitary Sewer Projects
In projects financed with loans from Ohio EPA, Perry County will install a sanitary sewage system in Moore’s Junction and Crooksville will study the feasibility of a storm water utility.
The Moore’s Junction project involves constructing a sanitary sewer system to replace 50 failing home septic systems that are a potential human health threat. The county plans to build gravity sewers, pump station and force main to convey sewage to a new wastewater treatment plant in Moore’s Junction’s “Six Mile Turn” area.
The $3.47 million project is primarily financed by a $2.47 million loan from Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF). In this case, the entire loan principal will be forgiven, saving the county an estimated $3.9 million compared to a market-rate loan. Additionally, the county is receiving a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant and $500,000 from the Ohio Water Development Authority.
Crooksville is receiving an interest-free $32,250 loan to determine whether to create a storm water utility. A local storm water utility would improve storm water management and minimize impacts on local water and wastewater infrastructure as well as public and private property. The 0 percent interest rate will save the village an estimated $3,000 compared to a market-rate loan.
Created in 1989, the WPCLF provides below-market interest rate loans for communities to improve their wastewater treatment systems. 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.