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EPA awards $970,000 grant to Ohio County for sewer line

Release Date: 10/9/2003
Contact Information: Roy Seneca 215-814-5567

Contact: Roy Seneca (215) 814-5567
PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $970,000 grant to the Ohio County Public Service District, Ohio County, West Virginia to help pay for a new sewer line for residents in the Town of West Liberty.

The new line will benefit 169 customers in West Liberty who now dispose of wastewater into failing septic systems and by directly discharging into nearby waterways.

“Inadequate sewage disposal and treatment systems are a major cause of water pollution problems in many communities, and this grant will help improve water quality and protect public health in the Town of West Liberty,” said Donald S. Welsh, regional administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region.

Most residents in West Liberty need to use septic tank systems for sewage disposal and treatment. These septic systems often malfunction and pollute groundwater. Some homes in the town have no septic systems and discharge wastewater directly into the North Fork of Short Creek and its tributaries, which poses an obvious health hazard.

The grant will pay for 55 percent of the estimated $1.76 million project cost, and the district will use another grant for the balance.