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New Waterford gets $500K for waterline extension

New Waterford Mayor Shane Patrone expresses his thanks for $500,000 grant provided from the H2Ohio plan on Friday. (Salem News photo by Scott Lendak)

NEW WATERFORD — Under Gov. Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio plan, state EPA Director Laurie Stevenson on Friday announced a $500,000 grant to New Waterford for an infrastructure project to create a new drinking waterline extension from the village to Crestview Local Schools.

The H2Ohio fund was proposed by DeWine in March 2019 to help ensure safe and clean water across the state. Through the budget bill, the legislature invested $172 million into the plan, which is being implemented through the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

“We looked for shovel-ready projects where H2Ohio funding could be put to use right away,” Stevenson said. “We are providing New Waterford with $500,000 in H2Ohio funding to use towards its project to construct a new drinking waterline extension from New Waterford to Crestview Schools, which will eliminate the schools’ existing and aging water system.”

The total project is estimated to cost $2.4 million, and New Waterford had already received a $1.2 million grant. The remaining $700,000 balance of the project, which the school district will have to pay, will be covered by no-interest loans from OEPA’s state revolving loan fund.

Stevenson said they are happy to provide support and safe, reliable drinking water to New Waterford and students of Crestview Schools.

Laurie Stevenson, Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, announced on Friday that New Waterford will receive a $500,000 grant to compose a waterline extension to Crestview Schools. (Salem News photo by Scott Lendak)

New Waterford Mayor Shane Patrone expressed his gratitude to the OEPA and the H2Ohio plan.

“Without their continued presence in all of Ohio, a lot of these programs would not exist,” Patrone said. “The school board has been very productive with getting these projects done, and this is hopefully the first of what will be a few projects we will get to work with the school to help with the prosperity of the area.”

After receiving the funding, Crestview Superintendent Matt Manley shared some of the struggles they’ve had at the school with water. There were times last year that faculty had to run down to the grocery store to get cases water so there could be athletic practices in the afternoon because the water pressure was so low.

“This solves a long-term problem and does it at a price tag of 75 percent off,” Manley said. “We never envisioned that we would have this opportunity to get 75 percent off the price, then finance the rest with no interest. This is a bargain to our community and our taxpayers.”

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