An applicant may receive more than one discount on a construction loan, but the total interest rate for the construction loan will not be less than 0.2 percent. Interest rate discounts are available for the following categories. Click on the appropriate link for more details.
Septage Receiving Facilities
As an incentive for public owners of treatment facilities to include equipment designed to receive, treat, and dispose of septage, the WPCLF offers a reduction to a recipient's basic interest rate when it is borrowing from the WPCLF to improve other facilities.
A recipient receiving a WPCLF loan for wastewater facilities construction may also sponsor its own septage receiving facilities project as a part of the wastewater facilities loan. The WPCLF loan interest payments will be reduced to provide savings equal to the as-bid principal and interest costs of the septage receiving facilities. There is no obligation for the recipient to repay the cost of the septage project. The savings provided are exclusive of any capitalized interest costs or loan fees.
Those communities that are not borrowing for other wastewater facilities improvements may receive a WPCLF loan for their septage receiving proposals. For facilities that have the primary purpose of receiving, treating and disposing of septage, the recipient will receive an interest rate of 2.0 percent.
Municipal Water Conservation
To encourage water conservation by Ohio communities, Ohio EPA will reduce the basic WPCLF loan interest rate for wastewater treatment facilities by 0.1 percent for recipients who propose and implement qualifying water conservation programs.
Failed Non-Conventional Technology
Ohio EPA continues to encourage the development and implementation of non-conventional (innovative) technology. We recognize that there are benefits and risks involved in using these newer technologies. To that end, if the approved non-conventional treatment components fail, the WPCLF will forgive the interest on the remaining portion of the WPCLF loan attributable to the non-conventional technology and make available a zero percent loan for any qualifying facilities necessary to correct the non-conventional technology failure.
Conversion from Class B to Class A Sludge Production
To encourage municipalities to convert from the production of Class B sludge to Class A sludge, applicants with no existing sludge production facilities that construct new Class A sludge facilities or applicants with existing Class B sludge production facilities that convert to Class A sludge facilities will receive an up to 0.2 percent discount from their loan interest rates, except that the total value of the discount cannot exceed the cost of the incremental facilities needed to produce Class A sludge.
Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program (WRRSP)
A recipient receiving a WPCLF loan for wastewater facilities construction may also sponsor a WRRSP project as a part of its wastewater facilities loan. A portion of the interest due the WPCLF loan will be advanced to the implementer of the WRRSP project to pay for the implementation of qualifying actions to protect or restore water resource habitats. There is no obligation for the recipient or the implementer to repay the cost of the WRRSP project.
Either by themselves or in conjunction with other projects which are committed to be undertaken, WRRSP projects must provide complete protection or restoration of aquatic habitat sufficient to meet or protect the designated uses of the benefited water resource as defined under Ohio Water Quality Standards. Projects must address the physical and/or biological factors which have been identified to be among the primary reasons for the water body not fully attaining its designated aquatic life use criteria, or which constitute a threat to full attainment of the designated aquatic life use criteria.
Sponsors may participate in the WRRSP by undertaking projects themselves, or by implementing the project through a not-for profit organization such as a land trust, park district, or other entity with the ability to protect and manage the maintenance of the water resources.
The WPCLF will provide the funds for the cost of the approved WRRSP project. Additionally, the interest rate for the sponsor's wastewater facilities project will be reduced by up to 0.1 percent, but the overall rate of the sponsoring loan will not be less than 0.2 percent. For more information about the WRRSP, see our current Program Management Plan, Appendix F.5, and the WPCLF Links page.
If you have questions, please call the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance at (614) 644-2798.