The Dayton Water Harvesting Facility will borrow more than $ 4.8 million through revolving loan funds managed by the Ohio EPA.
“This is the first major project in our master plan,” said Chris Clark, director of the water harvesting division. “It is readily available and relatively cheap money.
The loan will finance the design of a $ 51 million upgrade to the city’s system treating sewage sludge in “anerobic digesters” by providing the high heat needed to reduce pathogen levels, said Clark.
Once treated, the sludge is landfilled or injected into the ground.
Germantown after $ 2.7 million in loans to replace a water tower and modernize its operations control system.
“Germantown meets drinking water quality standards, but received a violation when an inspection found that the existing water tank is in deteriorated condition and needs to be replaced,” according to the spokesperson for the ‘Ohio EPA, Dina Pierce.
With two loans totaling $ 2.1 million, Greene County is designing and expanding its Northwest Region water treatment plant and upgrading the Grant Hall and Indian Ripple pump stations.
The plans are to increase capacity and add water softening. The pumping station will serve customers in the Clyo and Swigart areas.
The Miami County community of West Milton receives a loan of $ 904,588 for a sanitary sewer collection system for the village of Ludlow Falls – as part of a regional project to transport wastewater from the village to the West Milton treatment plant.
“The West Milton project will provide a new sewage collection system for the sewer-free village of Ludlow Falls, which will correct unsanitary conditions resulting from the failure of household septic systems,” Pierce said in an email.
Logan County will receive $ 458,499 to design replacement sanitary sewers for the communities of Orchard Island and Wolfe Island.
“Updating and improving our water supply systems is essential to the public health of our community,” State Representative Scott Lipps (R-Franklin) said in a press release. “I am grateful that the EPA has provided this funding in our region so that we can continue to have access to safe, reliable and quality water.”
Communities are expected to save over $ 5 million in interest or “principal offsets” on the $ 30 million in loans. The remaining costs are covered by the customers.
“It’s the cheapest money available to municipalities,” said Dave Brausch, sanitary engineer for Warren County. He said the Warren County loans would earn at least $ 800,000 over 20 years in interest.