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The city of Elyria will receive $922,062 of principal loan forgiveness from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for lead service line (LSL) replacements in over 225 Elyria homes, according to a news release, with the project set to begin this month.
About 6.1 million homes across the country receive drinking water through lead service lines (pipes). The Ohio EPA Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF) program directly addresses concerns about lead in drinking water through grant-like principal loan forgiveness. Projects must exhibit a readiness to proceed, have information about LSL locations, and demonstrate authority to address lead lines on private property.
“A lot of time and effort went into developing this project and getting these dollars, and includes work from myself, Mayor Whitfield and Director Brubaker, the Water Distribution Department, Law Director Amanda Deery, and Finance Director Ted Pileski,” said Director Samuel F. Jacob in a news release.
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