An additional $48.8 million has been earmarked for 42 water quality improvement projects in Ohio from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding and loans from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
The funding covers four area projects:
• Village of Gibsonburg received a $477,318 ARRA subsidy and an equal no-interest loan to construct storm sewers and expand the capacity of its treatment plant to handle additional stormwater, preventing overflow into the Portage River.
• Village of Helena received a $600,000 ARRA subsidy to combine with a $200,000 no-interest loan to replace failing home septic systems with a wastewater treatment plant and sanitary sewer system with a pump station to service properties in the village.
• Northwestern Water and Sewer District is receiving a $536,634 ARRA subsidy to re-structure a $1.1 million loan received in April, 2009. The loan is through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, which is administered by the Ohio EPA and offers assistance for private and public entities.
By restructuring, the district will reduce the amount needing to be repaid to $655,054 at a 3.7 percent interest rate.
The district is replacing an existing failing wastewater treatment plant with a conventional treatment plant at a new location.
• Sandusky County is receiving a $424,218 ARRA subsidy to combine with a $491,100 no-interest loan for the construction of sewer lines along Route 6 and eliminate 55 failing home septic systems and a church system that discharge into Bark Creek, northwest of the City of Fremont.
In all, 38 projects statewide are receiving funds through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund. And three projects are receiving funds through the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account, which is used for drinking water projects.
“These projects represent countless environmental and public health benefits to citizens all across Ohio, “ Chris Korleski, Ohio EPA Director, said.