Health Dept. awarded forgiveness loans


Staff report



The Fulton County Health Department will receive $108,000 in Ohio Environmental Protection Agency principal forgiveness loans to help eligible homeowners repair or replace failing home sewage treatment systems (HSTS).

This state initiative, part of Ohio’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, will improve the quality of life for local residents by eliminating failing HSTS at an affordable cost. In addition to correcting potential health concerns, local water quality will benefit from HSTS improvements.

Eligible homeowners in these counties will receive 100 percent, 85 percent or a 50 percent share in principal forgiveness for the cost to repair or replace their failing septic system. The percentage is dependent on family household income levels. These projects also will help keep inadequately treated or untreated sewage from contaminating local streams and ground water, reducing the potential for negative human health impacts.

Created in 1989, the WPCLF provides below-market interest rate loans for communities to improve their wastewater treatment systems. The WPCLF provides technical assistance to public wastewater systems in a variety of areas from the planning, design and construction of improvements to enhancing the technical, managerial and financial capacity of these systems.

Ohio EPA’s revolving loan funds are partially supported by federal grants and designed to last indefinitely through repayment of loans and investments in bonds. The loan program is managed by Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance, with help from the Ohio Water Development Authority.

More information about the WPCLF is available at: epa.ohio.gov/defa/EnvironmentalandFinancialAssistance.aspx.

Staff report