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New water mains being installed in Lorain

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LORAIN — Work continued on new water mains in South Lorain this week in part because of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

According to a news release Wednesday, the mains, which are part of a project to replace the aging and deteriorating infrastructure, were being installed because of a low-interest loan from the state agency.

Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the city was appreciative to receive this aid from the Ohio EPA.

“We are pleased the EPA is a financing source for projects of this magnitude,” he said. “Without the loan program, the necessary work would not be completed.”

Councilman Angel Arroyo, who represents part of South Lorain, said the most recent work has been done on Riverside Drive and Riverview Lane.

“For the people who live in this area, it’s definitely an upgrade,” he said. “It’s going to be great for their water pressure and supply.”

Arroyo, D-6th Ward, said work has been completed on state Route 57, and new mains are expected to be installed on Fulton Avenue, Homewood Drive, East 31st Street, East 34th Street and East 25th Street.

“The proof is in the pudding that City Hall hasn’t forgotten about South Lorain, which people have a tendency to say,” he said. “They’re working hard to upgrade our infrastructure.”

According to the news release, Lorain is receiving a $3.8 million low-interest loan from Ohio EPA, saving an estimated $795,000 when compared to a market rate loan.

The Ohio EPA’s Water Supply Revolving Loan Account, which was started in 1998, provides below-market interest rate loans for improvements for community drinking water systems and public water systems.

Contact Katie Nix at 440-329-7129 or knix@chroniclet.com. Find her on Facebook and Twitter @KatieHNix.
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