The loan for Norwalk will allow the city to replace the current combined sewer system, which allows untreated wastewater to escape into the environment. The city will use the $6.8-million fund to install new sanitary sewers, an underground storage basin, a pump station and force main, and a back-up power generator.
The WPCLF loan, which is estimated to save Norwalk $1 million over conventional loan interest rates, is part of a program created to promote agricultural best management projects, upgrades to home sewage systems, landfill closures and storm water projects intended to improve water quality. The fund is supported through federal grants and through the repayment of previous loans, as well as bond investment. WPCLF loans are managed through the Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance and the Ohio Water Development Authority.
The WPCLF supports improvements to wastewater systems through technical assistance on planning, design and construction in order to increase the systems’ capacities. By doing so, the program promotes water quality in the state's watersheds.