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Toledo to Remove Unauthorized Sewer Connections Through Ohio EPA Financing
The city of Toledo will receive a loan from Ohio EPA to locate and remove unauthorized sanitary sewer connections in the Lockwood DeVilbiss and New York Avenue areas. The project is part of the city’s 20-year Toledo Waterways Initiative to reduce or eliminate combined sewer overflows.
This project was necessitated by recent sampling that indicated the presence of sanitary sewage in the storm water outfall. The work involves disconnecting unauthorized sanitary sewer laterals from the storm sewers and connecting to the sanitary sewers; redirecting cross-connected manholes to nearby sewers; rerouting internal building plumbing and external sewer pipes at larger commercial and industrial properties; lining sanitary sewers where sewage may leak into a nearby storm sewer; and placing new sanitary sewer lines where none exists or cannot be accessed by all properties.
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 approximate $1.42 million loan will save Toledo an estimated $207,000.
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.