12/6/19
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Ohio EPA Announces Funding for Williams County Infrastructure

Today, Ohio EPA announced an infrastructure project aimed at improving water quality as part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative. Williams County will receive $500,000 in H2Ohio funding for its project to construct a new wastewater collection and treatment system that will serve approximately 90 homes in the unincorporated area of Kunkle. 

“Ohio’s communities rely on clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure to protect public health, which is why a main focus of my H2Ohio plan is addressing failing home sewage treatment systems and helping disadvantaged communities build infrastructure,” said Gov. Mike DeWine. “This project will directly impact dozens of families, and I’m pleased that we’re able to help this community.” 

The proposed project consists of approximately 10,000 feet of sewer along with a treatment lagoon to serve approximately 90 homes. Numerous home sewage treatment systems in the area have failed and Ohio EPA ordered the failing systems to be addressed. The treatment lagoon will be constructed just northeast of Kunkle and could help to serve the unsewered area of Alvordton in the future. 

“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. “Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio plan will enable Ohio EPA to extend its principal forgiveness dollars to help more communities like Kunkle address their water and sewer needs.”

The total project is estimated to cost approximately $3.5 million. Nearly $1 million in grant funding was provided by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The H2Ohio funds will help support this project and make the project more affordable for the area. The project has secured $1.38 million in principal forgiveness and the balance of the project will be covered by no interest loan funds, both from Ohio EPA’s state revolving loan fund.

This is the second H2Ohio water infrastructure project announced by Ohio EPA in the past two weeks. The Village of Pomeroy is also receiving $500,000 in H2Ohio funding for its project to extend sewer lines to approximately 80 homes with failing home sewage treatment systems. Additional projects will be announced in the coming weeks. 

For more information on the overall H2Ohio water quality plan, visit h2.ohio.gov.

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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. 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.

 
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