BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) Thursday hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on the new McComb Water Reclamation Facility.
Construction is already underway to replace the over seventy year-old plant, which is aged and requires constant maintenance. After years of planning and support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), groundwork is now underway on this $7.5 million project.
According to District Engineer, Tom Stalter, “All agencies, from local to federal, made this clean water project a priority for this rural village.”
Like many small rural villages in our state and across the country, the Village of McComb was challenged with aging water and sewer infrastructure and increasing regulations. In 2013, the Ohio EPA issued a permit requiring that the aged wastewater plant be replaced. In 2016, McComb joined The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District). Since then, The District has dedicated resources to assist in funding this rural community.
The USDA is now fully funding the project with a $2.8 million grant. The remaining will be funded through USDA low-interest loan.
“Our local staff over a period of time builds the relationships that allow us to be a partner to rural America,” said State Director for the USDA Rural Development.
The project began in late September and will be complete in January 2020.