Mills Street High-Rate Treatment Facility Project
Posted March 7, 2023

The City of Sandusky has requested financial assistance from the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) for the Mills Street High-Rate Treatment Facility project. Work for this project will primarily include the construction of a new high-rate wastewater treatment facility to reduce the environmental and public health issues related to the discharge of untreated wastewater during wet weather events. The estimated loan amount is $33,500,000; Sandusky is eligible for up to $4 million in principal forgiveness, which will not need to be repaid. Debt for the project will be repaid from monthly sewer fees. The project is scheduled to begin in spring 2023 and be completed in 20 months.

VIEW THE Letter from OHio EPA

Conclusion from Ohio EPA:
"Based upon Ohio EPA’s review of the planning information and the materials presented in this Environmental Assessment, we have concluded that there will be no significant adverse impacts from the proposed project as it relates to the environmental features discussed previously. This is because these features do not exist in the project area, the features exist but will not be adversely affected, or the impacts will be temporary and mitigated. Once implemented, the project will provide a cost-effective way to address a consent decree to eliminate threats to the environment related to CSO events, reducing releases of untreated wastewater to Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie. Also, by using WPCLF low-interest financing, Sandusky has minimized the project cost."

Any comments on EPA's preliminary determination should be sent to Eric Schultz at