EPA grants loans to city for sewer upgrades | News, Sports, Jobs
Warren was one of 11 communities in northeastern Ohio to receive $ 183 million in funding from the Ohio EPA to complete infrastructure projects for wastewater and drinking water.
Warren’s wastewater division has been authorized to use $ 44.9 million in loans for Phase 1 of a project to improve the city’s pumping stations and sewage treatment plant, according to the director of the city’s wastewater division.
The city did not receive money but the authorization to pay for the projects, according to Ed Haller, director of the city’s water pollution control division.
Phase 1 of the Plant and Pumping Station Capital Improvement Plan is designed to refurbish the South Leavitt and Main Avenue pump stations, install a new septic receiving station and refurbish new the plant screen building and overhaul the rest of the primary settling tanks and clarifiers, as well as updating of process monitoring and electrical systems.
Other local communities receiving local grants are West Farmington, which is receiving $ 7.6 million to build a new gravity collection system and aeration treatment plant; and Eastern Palestine in Columbiana County, which is receiving $ 61,000 to develop a village water model to determine sources of insufficient quality and pressure from sources throughout its network before replacing approximately 20,000 linear feet of water. waterline.
Communities receive millions of dollars in low interest and principal rebate funding from the Ohio EPA. The loans were approved between October 1 and December 31, 2020. Lower interest rates and the return of principal will save these communities more than $ 32 million.
The other eight communities receiving loans or authorized to use funds are:
• Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, $ 43.8 million, for three projects, including construction of a sewer to relieve overload conditions; construction of emergency sewers; and the construction of the western tunnel dewatering pumping station.
• Akron, $ 64.3 million for eight projects, including the replacement of the Quaker Ridge pumping station; reconstruction of existing sanitary and combined sewers; completion of a replacement study for lead and galvanized pipes.
• Summit County, $ 12.1 million for two projects, including the design of a vacuum sewage system and pumping station to eliminate failing domestic wastewater treatment systems.
• Louisville, $ 5.4 million to replace four raw sewage pumps, a main and a flow meter.
• Aqua Ohio, Inc., $ 3.8 million to extend the waterline from Green to New Franklin in Summit County.
• Lorain, $ 457,000, to increase the efficiency of the Martin’s Run pumping station.
• Fairview Park, $ 450,000, for a study to mitigate chronic basement flooding in wet weather.
• Monroe Falls, $ 92,000, to upgrade a booster pump and replace a water line.
These projects are funded by loans from the Water Pollution Control Fund, which helps communities improve their wastewater treatment systems.