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District to Improve Sewer Systems in Two Wood County Communities; Receiving Financing from Ohio EPA
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District will implement sanitary sewer rehabilitation projects in the Millbury service area in northern Wood County and in the Williamsburg-on-the-River area in western Wood County with the help of two loans from Ohio EPA.
The rehabilitation projects will help reduce the amount of storm water entering the sewage collection systems through infiltration and inflow. Presently, this infiltration and inflow increases sewage flows beyond the capacity of the collection and treatment systems. This can cause basement backups in the service area as well as releases of untreated sewage from the wastewater treatment plant.
The Millbury system, which serves Millbury, Northwood, Wallbridge and Lake Township, flows to Oregon’s sanitary sewer system. Excess flows in the system have caused sewer overflows and basement flooding in the service area and bypasses at Oregon’s wastewater treatment plant. The Millbury project will include repairs, sealing and grouting of manholes, root cutting and sewer cleaning and rehabilitation of existing pipes.
The Williamsburg-on-the-River project will rehabilitate sanitary sewer pipes and manholes in the Washington Township subdivision. The project includes lining existing clay pipe, grouting existing truss pipe and PVC pipe at their joints and repairing 44 manholes.
This project will help the wastewater treatment plant serving the Williamsburg-on-the-River area meet its effluent limits for nitrogen and ammonia. These nutrients are of concern as they discharge to the Maumee River, a major tributary of the Western Lake Erie Basin, where they may contribute to the production of harmful algal blooms. Improving the discharge quality also will benefit water quality at the city of Bowling Green’s primary drinking water intake, which is located 3.5 miles downstream of the wastewater treatment plant.
Created in 1989, WPCLF has provided below-market interest rate loans for communities to improve their sewer systems. The loan for the Millbury area project is $1.125 million. The sewer district will save an estimated $178,830 with the reduced interest rate. The reduced interest rate on the $504,304 Williamsburg-on-the-River loan will save the sewer district $73,612 over the life of the loan.
In addition to sewer system improvements, 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 planning, design and construction of improvements to enhancing the systems’ technical, managerial and financial capacity. WPCLF loans also make possible the restoration and protection of some of Ohio’s highest quality water bodies through the Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program (WRRSP).
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 help from the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA). Ohio EPA is responsible for program development and implementation, individual project coordination and environmental and other technical reviews or approvals of projects seeking funds. OWDA provides financial management of the fund.
More information about the WPCLF is available at: www.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.