New Waterford secures OEPA loans for water line project
NEW WATERFORD — The new waterline between the village of New Waterford and Crestview Local Schools is another step toward a reality with the Ohio EPA approving $2.3 million in loans toward the completion of the project.
The two loans include one for $1.1 million which has principal forgiveness, money that does not have to be paid back. The project also has received $500,000 in H2Ohio funding. New Waterford Mayor Shane Patrone said Thursday the school will be paying the remainder of the money for the project, about $700,000.
With increasingly low output by the schools’ wells, the project has long been in the works as a solution for the school to have a water source from the village. Crestview Superintendent Matthew Manley said they hope to be hooked into New Waterford’s water as soon as March or April. The school is currently having to have 5,500 gallons of water at a time hauled up from the village to make sure the well pumps do not burn up, because the wells are not keeping up with demand.
Manley said in the past the school has tried to search for additional wells but cannot find a source. Once the waterline is there, the school will run it to the water plant and have a hook up ready for when the new school buildings are completed.
“The village of New Waterford have been so good to us,” Manley said, adding the village and Patrone helped the school find the grant money to help make this possible. “The timing of this is a blessing.”
Patrone said the plan is to have the waterline project completed by February 2021, but there have been delays in receiving materials due to the pandemic. Currently, the project is waiting for a pump house, which was ordered in July, expected in October and is still weeks away from arriving when the village last checked on it.
In addition to the Crestview water line, the village has been making many other improvements to the water system in the village, including improvements to the water plant and waterline projects within the village. Two phases have been completed in past years. Another phase is just being completed with another part to that phase ready to bid in the spring.
The money is part of $50.8 million in financing money released by the Ohio EPA for water and wastewater projects in northeast Ohio. There was $122.9 million in assistance loans made by the Ohio EPA statewide during the third quarter of 2020, including $11.4 million of principal forgiveness loans, including the New Waterford project.