COLUMBUS –Today, State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) praised the City of Campbell for securing an interest free loan from the Ohio EPA to establish an emergency drinking water connection with the City of Youngstown. The system will be used to ensure clean safe water is distributed to the city in case of a water main break or a harmful algal bloom outbreak.

“I am happy to see Campbell and Youngstown are planning ahead to ensure their citizens have access to clean water,” said Senator Schiavoni. “We often see governments having to react in emergency situations, like in Flint Michigan. I’m glad cities here in the Mahoning Valley are preparing so our citizens never have to experience something like that.”

Eligible projects for funding from the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) include design and construction loans used to replace, rehabilitate, upgrade, expand or put in new water treatment plants and their components. Assistance can also be given to public drinking water systems in numerous areas such as planning, design and construction.

“I am very pleased to see our two communities working together to help each other,” said Campbell Mayor Nick Phillips.  “This new drinking water connection is a big idea and everybody came together to make it happen.”

Receiving these loan funds will allow the city of Campbell to save approximately $185,000 on the project. 

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