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Ashville Receiving Financing from Ohio EPA for Wastewater Treatment Improvements
Ashville will improve water quality in Walnut Creek when the village constructs the sewer portion of its new wastewater treatment plant with help from a $1.064 million low-interest Ohio EPA loan. Together, the new sewers and treatment plant will help prevent the release of untreated wastewater into Walnut Creek. Past releases of untreated sewage have led to the stream being designated nonattainment for recreational uses.
Built in 1934, the existing Ashville wastewater treatment plant has outlived its useful life. In a two-phase project, the village has begun to build a new wastewater treatment plant and the sewerage necessary to ensure the facility operates at its most efficient level.
Ashville used another Ohio EPA low-interest loan to build the new plant. Construction began in early 2016. When the new facility is complete, the existing plant will be demolished and replaced by a new pumping station.
The second phase will be paid for with the most recent $1.064 million Ohio EPA loan. Phase two includes constructing a force main to, and an effluent sewer from, the new plant. Work on both phases is expected to be complete in 2018.
Created in 1989, the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) provides below-market interest rate loans for communities to improve their wastewater treatment systems. The reduced interest rate on the $1,064,085 loan will save Ashville $349,373.
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.