Officials in Oregon, Ohio, approved an ordinance in March that mandates the state Environmental Protection Agency to help fund its sewer rehabilitation project. The project is set to upgrade and replace the current sewage system. The mandate also states that the sewers are to be kept clean and groundwater from slab leaks should be removed from sewer collection systems.
The OEPA is funding Phase 2 of the project through its Water Pollution Control fund, which supports communities that need improvements to their systems. Phase 1, which was completed a year and a half ago, lined the city's underground sewage system to prevent infiltration and leaks into local creeks. The project has also lined several manholes, or maintenance holes, over the past two years.
Mike Beazley, Oregon city administrator, said the rehabilitation project is a great start to ensure its communities are taken care of.
“This is a step that will help," he told Toledo CBS affiliate WTOL. "It's an essential step as we move forward. 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."