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Ohio EPA Assists Carroll County Community with Drinking Water System Improvements
Ohio EPA is providing two low-interest loans to the village of Carrollton to replace its outdated water treatment plant and deteriorating water transmission line. Once complete, the projects will help ensure customers continue to receive a safe and reliable supply of drinking water.
The loans, totaling more than $4.2 million, come from the Ohio Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA). Carrollton qualified for a low-interest rate of 2 percent, which will save the village more than $3.6 million over the 30-year life of the loans when compared to the market rate of 4.34 percent.
The larger loan of $4,028,890 will allow Carrollton to construct a state-of-the-art water treatment facility. The new plant will provide iron and manganese removal, improve chlorine contact time and increase treatment capacity to one million gallons per day. The project will include a treatment building and access drive, equipment, a clearwell and sewer line extension to the new plant.
The second loan of $211,951 will be used to replace the primary drinking water transmission line. The Brenner Road waterline replacement project is part of a larger plan to replace 15 cast iron lines within the distribution system.
Both projects are scheduled to begin this summer and be complete within one year.
Started in 1998, the WSRLA has provided more than $900 million in loans with below-market interest rates for compliance-related improvements to public water systems. The program has saved public water systems more than $158 million in interest. Additionally, the WSRLA can provide technical assistance to public 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.
This state revolving loan fund is 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, with assistance from the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA). Ohio EPA is responsible for program development and implementation, individual project coordination, and environmental reviews of projects seeking funds. The OWDA provides financial management of the fund.
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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.