City to be a part of Ohio EPA funding survey

WARREN — The city’s utilities department has been selected by the Ohio EPA to participate in the 2021 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment.

The survey is intended to capture a 20-year time frame of infrastructure needs for public water systems, and to report those needs to Congress.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency administers the federal Drinking Water State Revolving Fund in Ohio, which provides low- interest loans and other forms of financial assistance to water systems. The results of this survey will be used to allocate DWSRF monies to the states.

The needs survey is being done by Brian Crawford, environmental specialist II, division of drinking and ground waters.

“Your participation is critical to the success of the survey and to Ohio’s DWSRF allotment,” he wrote.

Warren Utilities Director Franco Lucarelli said the department will have to provide the Ohio EPA a variety of plans, including a capital improvement plan, a facilities plan, grant or loan application forms, as well as a breakdown of water lines in the department’s distribution system, including the size and length of each pipe; a breakdown of the number of meters and their sizes; average number of service replacements each year; average number of service line and valve replacements done annually and the number of generators used by the water systems.

Lucarelli said gathering the necessary information for the needs survey will take a considerable amount of time for his staff.


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