$3.3 million loan, $926,500 grant awarded for sewer system


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YOUNGSTOWN

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development program has approved a $3.3 million loan and a $926,500 grant for Mahoning County’s wastewater system, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Tuesday from Washington.

The county will convert the New Middletown wastewater treatment facility into a pump station, allowing wastewater to be pumped to the planned pumping station at Five Points, on the border of Poland and Springfield townships, and toward the Boardman wastewater treatment plant.

This will ensure the facilities meet current Ohio Environmental Protection Agency standards and improve service for the 1,621 residents in the area.

“Ohio’s rural communities and small towns face a heavy burden when financing infrastructure projects,” Brown said. “These federal resources will ensure New Middletown residents have a modern sewer system” that encourages investment in the region, he added.

The New Middletown plant is being converted because diverting a third of its flow elsewhere to reduce its discharge sufficiently to meet Honey Creek’s water-quality requirements would be cost prohibitive, explained William Coleman, office manager in the county sanitary engineer’s office.

The transfer of the sewage from New Middletown to Boardman is being accompanied by an upgrade to the Boardman plant, which discharges into Mill Creek.

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