2/3/17
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Columbus to Improve Drinking Water System in Brentwood Neighborhood; Receiving Funding from Ohio EPA

Columbus drinking water customers will have a more reliable water system in the Shattuck Avenue area with help from a low-interest loan from Ohio EPA. 

The project will replace six-, eight- and 12-inch water mains, fire hydrants and valves in the Brentwood neighborhood, northwest of Ohio State University. Areas slated for upgrades include:

  • Sunny Hill – An 8-inch diameter water line will replace a 6-inch line and connect to a water main at the southern end of Forest Hill Drive; five fire hydrants also will be replaced;
  • Kenny Road – A new 12-inch water line will replace an existing 12-inch diameter line; all fire hydrants will be replaced;
  • Bernard Road – A new 8-inch diameter water line will replace existing 6- and 8-inch waterlines from Clearview Avenue to east of Shattuck Avenue; and from Kenny Road along Bernard Road, South Clearview Avenue, Afton Road, Caniff Road, Caniff Place and Caniff Court;
  • North Clearview Avenue – A new 8-inch diameter water line from Amberly Place to north of Highland drive will replace an existing 6-inch diameter water line; all fire hydrants along this stretch will be replaced; and
  • Shattuck Avenue – a new 8-inch diameter water line will replace a 6-inch diameter water line south of Kenwood Lane to north of Highland Drive; all fire hydrants will be replaced.

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 total loan package is for $3,542,580. The reduced interest rate will save Columbus $517,000. 

Projects eligible for WSRLA funding include 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 in a variety of areas from the planning, design and construction of improvements to enhancing 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.

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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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