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Northwestern Water & Sewer District Inspecting Water Lines; Receiving Financing from Ohio EPA
To ensure drinking water service reliability and quality, the Northwestern Water and Sewer District in Wood County plans to evaluate several miles of pipe with help from an Ohio EPA loan.
The project in the Toledo service area involves inspecting approximately 12 miles of 16-inch to 30-inch water mains to determine the condition of the pipes and planning for any necessary rehabilitation. The Toledo service area includes Rossford, Walbridge, part of Northwood, Perrysburg Township, Lake Township and Troy Township.
Created in 1998, the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) provides below-market interest rate loans for compliance-related improvements for community water systems and nonprofit, non-community public water systems. The project is being funded through a $217,700 WSRLA loan to the district.
Projects eligible for WSRLA funding include planning, design and construction loans for new, replaced, rehabilitated, upgraded or expanded water treatment plants and their components. In addition, the WSRLA can provide technical assistance to public drinking water systems to improve and enhance the technical, managerial and financial capacity of these systems.
Ohio EPA’s revolving loan funds are partially supported by federal funding and designed to last indefinitely through repayment of loans and investments in bonds. The WSRLA 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 WSRLA 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.