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Six area water and sewer infrastructure projects to receive $5.5 million in state funding

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TUSCARAWAS VALLEY ‒ The Wilkshire Hills Area Sewer Rehabilitation Project is one of six projects in the Tuscarawas Valley receiving state grants to fund water and wastewater infrastructure projects locally.

These projects will receive around $5.5 million in funding.

The funding is part of the sixth round of the Ohio BUILDS (Broadband, Utilities, and Infrastructure for Local Development Success) Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program. Funding will provide $84.5 million in support of 43 new infrastructure projects and $38.2 million in gap funding for 33 previously funded projects with costs that exceeded initial estimates.

The Wilkshire Hills award will support the Tuscarawas County Metropolitan Sewer District (TCMSD) with the Wilkshire Hills Area Sewer Rehabilitation Project. This project will receive a $533,500 grant to return certain areas of the TCMSD’s Wilkshire Hills area to an acceptable level of sanitary sewer service.

The project includes installing 6,842 feet of 8- to 12-inch cured-in-place pipe lining, point repairs/replacement of sanitary sewer lines, manhole replacement and several lateral connection repairs. The project will reduce the inflow and infiltration entering the county system, reducing the likelihood of basement flooding. The project will benefit 1,230 people.

Other local projects receiving grants:

  • Atwood Regional Water and Sewer District (Carroll County) will receive a $335,000 grant to replace pump station No. 125. The existing pump station is more than 20 years old and has exceeded its useful life. It currently serves seven residential properties and a local business. The new pump station would be able to service an additional 10 homes to accommodate for new residential properties being constructed in the area. The project will benefit 200 people.
  • Village of Bowerston will receive $1,243,240 in gap funding to replace and repair wastewater lines and manholes in the village’s collection system, as well as replace one lift station and upgrade another, and make upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment plant. The project will benefit 454 people.
  • Village of Gnadenhutten will receive $430,676 in gap funding to complete improvements to its water treatment plant. The village currently has one water treatment system consisting of two wells, iron/manganese oxidation chemical feed, three pressure filters, a corrosion inhibitor and chlorine disinfection. Due to the age of the existing system, and the severe deterioration of the existing filters, it will be removed. Project activities include installing new well pipes and a new water treatment system in the existing buildings. The project will benefit 1,240 people.
  • Harrison County Board of Commissioners will receive $2,353,119 in gap funding to construct a sanitary sewer collection and treatment system in the village of Freeport. The village received a notice of violation from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in 2016 documenting sewage entering Stillwater Creek from failing, private, on-site septic systems. The project will benefit 478 people.
  • Village of Sugarcreek will receive $650,000 in gap funding to add one additional water softener to the existing water treatment plant. Project activities include expanding the current plant by 740 square feet of floor space to accommodate the new softener, as well as associated piping and valves. The additional space will also leave room for another filter to be provided which will allow the village to expand its filtration capacity. The project will benefit 2,373 people.

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