Rep. Rogers: State To Assist Willoughby Sewer Upgrade Project
Ohio EPA loan will fund new basin, improve Lake Erie water Quality
March 24, 2017
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State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today applauded a nearly $4.5 million low-interest loan from the Ohio EPA to the city of Willoughby. The state loan, awarded earlier this week, will fund an upgrade to Willoughby’s sewage system while also improving water quality in Lake Erie.

“The Ohio EPA loan to Willoughby is an example of how the state and local communities can work together to improve infrastructure while also protecting our environment,” said Rogers. “I am pleased to see the state work with the city to help complete this important project while preserving a tremendous resource.”

According Ohio EPA, Willoughby plans to use the fund to construct a 1-million-gallon underground storage basin for sanitary sewage at the Quentin Road pump station. In addition to storing waste water during rain and snow storms, the new basin will also reduce the flow of untreated sewage into Lake Erie.

The Ohio EPA’s reduced-rate loan will save Willoughby about $653,000.

“In addition to helping maintain our infrastructure and protecting the environment, the Ohio EPA's loan will allow Willoughby flexibility in its budget to invest in other projects within the community to the benefit of its citizens,” said Rogers.

The Ohio EPA loan comes from the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF). Created in 1989 and partially supported by federal grants, WPCLF loans are used to provide technical assistance to public waste water systems in their planning, design, construction and management. 

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