Officials in Oregon, Ohio, say they would spend a $1.4 million loan from the Environmental Protection Agency to fix some serious sewer problems that have plagued the area for years, according to local reports.
Some of the city's older sewer lines leak when it rains and are badly in need of replacement, according to CBS affiliate WTOL. The problem is so bad, even a moderately heavy rain can set off flooding citywide.
"In addition to the flooding challenges, we have some of our underground infrastructure aging out, and you're finding that especially in some of the older subdivisions," Mike Beazley, Oregon city administrator, told the news source.
The EPA money would add to the $900,000 already received through an Ohio Public Works grant. The city will determine which lines to repair based on the level of deterioration to the sewer pipe.
In the last few years, Ohio has spent $1.15 billion on environmental and natural resource projects, and $2.37 billion on transportation and development projects, according to state and local government transparency watchdog Sunshine Review.