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Cincinnati Replacing Beech Avenue Water Main; Receiving Financing from Ohio EPA
With help from a low-interest Ohio EPA loan, Greater Cincinnati Water Works is replacing the Beech Avenue water main, eliminating deteriorated pipes and reducing water loss in the distribution system.
The project replacing more than 9,000 feet of 6-inch diameter pipe is underway and expected to be completed in March 2018. The project will reduce service disruption and labor costs caused by frequent repairs to the old waterline.
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 $1.86 million WSRLA loan to the city. The reduced interest rate will save Cincinnati an estimated $381,000 over the life of the loan.
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 grants 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.