Federal Stimulus Plan Funds Sewer Projects
Federal funds, urgently needed for repair and construction of sewerage facilities, are coming to the region through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Many jurisdictions in northwest Ohio and throughout the state are struggling with the high cost of sewer infrastructure and urgent need for updates, especially to correct combined sanitary and stormwater systems. The stimulus funds mean that communities will need to borrow less money to do the needed work and will have less pressure to raise utility rates.
The need for sewer projects is clear. From the TMACOG region alone, local governments submitted 148 sanitary sewerage projects (not including water supply or stormwater) for $474 million, or more than twice the allocation for all of Ohio. The total granted to our region is $21,050,517 for 26 separate projects. With local matching funds, the total cost of the projects is $39,387,257.
Some of the largest undertakings include a microfiltration system for Bowling Green’s water treatment plant ($7.8 million), and drinking water and fire protection in the Lyons/Metamora area of Fulton County ($5.5 million). Innovative projects include a solar powered electric wastewater circulator in Bradner. See the complete list of projects here.