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Adams County Regional Water District Replacing Failing Water Main with Ohio EPA Assistance
With a low-interest loan from Ohio EPA, the Adams County Regional Water District is replacing a failing water main.
This project will replace a span of 12-inch transmission main along U.S. Route 52 that has had a history of frequent breaks and leaks. Replacing this water main will ensure a continued effective water supply for large areas within Adams County.
Created in 1998, the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) provides below-market interest rate loans for improvements for community drinking water systems and nonprofit, noncommunity public water systems. Adams County is receiving a low-interest loan of approximately $54,900 from Ohio EPA. The project is also receiving an additional $216,700 from Appalachian Regional Commission funds. This will save the district an estimated $11,000 when compared to a market rate loan.
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. Water Pollution Control Loan Fund 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.