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Ohio EPA Announces Funding for Pomeroy Infrastructure
Today, Ohio EPA announced the first infrastructure project aimed at improving water quality throughout Ohio as part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative. The Village of Pomeroy will receive $500,000 in H2Ohio funding toward its project to extend sewer lines to approximately 80 homes along S.R. 833 that currently have failing home sewage treatment systems.
“Ohio’s communities rely on clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure to protect public health, which is why the H2Ohio Initiative is focusing on addressing failing home sewage treatment systems and helping disadvantaged communities build infrastructure,” said Gov. Mike DeWine.
The proposed project consists of approximately 15,000 linear feet of 8-inch diameter sanitary sewer, 92 manholes and a new lift station to serve approximately 80 homes (estimated 200 people). Once constructed, the residences tying into the sanitary sewer would abandon their home sewage treatment systems and would become customers of the Village of Pomeroy’s wastewater treatment system. The project also will have the capacity to serve the commercial entities along the route that operate their own treatment facilities. The total project cost has been estimated to be approximately $3.7 million. The balance of the project is set to be funded with principal forgiveness dollars from Ohio EPA’s state revolving loan fund.
“Throughout the state, addressing failing home sewage treatment systems – either through providing funds for replacements or upgrades, or the extension of centralized sanitary sewers – is a key goal of H2Ohio,” said Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson. “The H2Ohio Program will enable Ohio EPA to extend its principal forgiveness dollars to help more communities like Pomeroy address their water and sewer needs.”
As far back as 2013, unsanitary conditions from failing home sewage treatment systems along the State Route 833 corridor have been noted by the Village of Pomeroy, the Meigs County Health Department and Ohio EPA. Since that time, the village has developed a project which would provide sanitary sewer service to State Route 833 and the tributary roads. The project would begin on the eastern portion of Pomeroy and extend north along S.R. 833 into the unincorporated portions of Meigs County.
Additional projects will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on the overall H2Ohio water quality plan, visit h2.ohio.gov.
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.