Kunkle Sewer Project Moving Forward

by Josh Colletta

The Williams County Board of Commissioners has approved an application for a principle forgiveness loan from the Ohio E.P.A. Water Pollution Control Fund in preparation to build a state-mandated sanitary sewer and wastewater treatment plant in Kunkle.

The Bryan Times says the state has required the county to build that system and another in Alvordton — neither of which have sanitary sewer systems — after contamination was found in rivers and creeks in those areas.

The county had initially considered building a single system to serve both communities, but it was deemed cost-prohibitive.

The Kunkle system will be the first of the two projects, and is expected to cost up to $3.8 Million. The O.E.P.A. loan would cover at least $2 Million of that, and the Williams County Engineer’s office expects to hear back on the application as soon as September 19th.

The county has already been awarded an Army Corps of Engineers grant of $125,000 for design services.

The Alvordton system — which will be built next — is expected to cost up to $4.2 Million.