Ohio EPA OKs Fayette sewer project 5.28.09

Written by David Green.

Another hurdle was cleared last week in Fayette’s effort to move forward with the next phase of sewer system upgrades.

Final approval for a $120,537 grant from the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund has hinged on an environmental review of the project by the Ohio EPA. Approval for the project was announced last week.

The village qualifies for a zero interest loan due to its median household income. A statement by the Ohio EPA said the village should save an estimated $78,880 with the no-interest loan, compared to a 5.45 percent market rate loan.

The loan will be combined with a CDBG grant of $40,000 and an Ohio Public Works Commission grant of $111,463 to complete the $272,000 project.

The project marks the first step in the village’s long term control plan to prevent combined sewer overflows (CSO). Overflows occur when storm water mixes with wastewater from the septic system and enters Spring Creek during heavy rainfalls.

The CSO project creates separate sewer systems for storm water and septic waste to prevent overloading the treatment system.

The project includes work at the sewage lagoons and at the pumping station. Gates and valves will be repaired or replaced at the lagoons, among other improvements. Several modifications, replacements and repairs are planned at the pumping station.

Work is expected to begin later this year. Repayment of the loan is scheduled to begin in January 2010.

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