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Putnam County Village Installing Centralized Sewage System with Financing from Ohio EPA
The village of Belmore will receive Ohio EPA financing to install a centralized sewage system throughout the village to eliminate unsanitary discharges from failing septic systems.
The village has chosen to install a septic tank effluent pumping (STEP) and collection system and a treatment plant for wastewater generated by all 60 homes and businesses in the village. The system is needed because some of the existing septic systems are at least 60 years old and have periodic backup issues that cause discharges of bacteria to Brush Creek and Yellow Creek.
Belmore considered several options before choosing this solution. A STEP collection system consists of a septic tank system with a low-pressure pump that collects wastewater from each home or business. The flow is sent to a central septic tank for settling. After the solids settle, the liquid is sent to a treatment plant via force main for further treatment with media filters and ultraviolet disinfection.
The project involves installation of 8,133 feet of 2-inch force main throughout the village as well as the construction of the wastewater treatment plant that will be located behind village hall near Oak Street.
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 project is being financed with a $1.543 million loan from the WPCLF. Belmore qualified for principal forgiveness and will not have to repay the loan. In addition, the village is receiving a $750,000 grant from the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA) for the project.
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.