10/16/13
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Gallia County Project Receives Ohio EPA Loan for Wastewater Improvements

Ohio EPA has issued a $500,000 low-interest loan to Gallipolis to help plan and design wastewater facility improvements.

The improvements will include replacing aged equipment at the Gallipolis water pollution control facility and providing capacity for expected additional sewage flows from the Kanauga-Addison and Green Townships sewer extension projects. These projects aim to address home sewage treatment system failures with a regionalized sewer approach and provide solutions to unresolved sanitary sewer overflow problems within the city’s existing sewer system.

Since 1989, Ohio’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) has awarded more than $6 billion in below-market financing for sewage treatment plant upgrades and other water quality improvement projects. The program has saved borrowers more than $1.1 billion in interest. Low-interest loans also have been provided to municipalities and individuals for agricultural best management practices; home sewage system improvements; contaminated site cleanup; and landfill closures. Additionally, the WPCLF can provide 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.

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 reviews of projects seeking funds. The Ohio Water Development Authority provides financial management of the fund.

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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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA -- 40 years and moving forward.
 


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