Ohio provides $123 million to enhance critical water infrastructure

The state of Ohio will infuse $122.7 million into 76 water projects across 59 counties to reduce financial burdens associated with critical infrastructure projects, replace sanitary sewer systems, prevent backups and extend lines.

The city of Sandusky will receive $7.1 million to build an interceptor sewer. The project will intercept the flow of sewage from the southwestern portion of the city and divert it directly into the treatment plant, reducing the flow where the east and west interceptors combine. The interceptor line will help provide sewers to currently undeveloped areas and provide a connection point for an announced soybean processing plant.

The city of Hamilton will use $5 million to build an elevated water storage tank in Hamilton Enterprise Park. The tank will help improve the park’s low water pressure and flow conditions, providing enough to support development and firefighting capabilities. The project will ensure that the park’s 149 acres can be redeveloped and maintained.

Mount Orab will spend $5 million to expand the village’s wastewater treatment plant. Plans include building a clarifier, converting the existing equalization basin to a newly activated sludge basin and installing an emergency generator. The village will also build an effluent flow metering facility, conduct electrical and piping work and incorporate ultraviolet (UV) disinfection technologies.

The city of Washington Court House will receive $5 million to improve its wastewater treatment plant. The city will replace the influent pump station, install grit-handling equipment and improve the primary settling and aeration tanks. Plans include rehabilitating the blower and replacing the secondary clarifier and return activated sludge system. Finally, the city will build a UV disinfection facility and improve the equalization tanks.

The city of Willoughby will spend $5 million to relieve sanitary sewer basement flooding in the Orchard Park neighborhood. Railroad construction in the early to mid-1900s created raised beds that functioned as dams, which led to surface flooding, sewer surcharging and inflow/infiltration into sewers and basements. The city will install approximately 2,200 feet of storm sewer pipes to support the community.

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