Devola Sewer Project gets $750k from state

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 5:23 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 17, 2021 at 4:24 PM EDT
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DEVOLA, Ohio (WTAP) - There’s progress in Washington County towards the anticipated construction of a long-discussed sewer system for the community of Devola.

The project is set to go to bids early in 2022, according to County Commissioner Kevin Ritter.

Right now, the issue is finding funding for the $15 million project.

The state of Ohio announced Friday the awarding of $750,000 through the state EPA, and Ritter considers that good news.

”Historically, Columbus has been reluctant to send money our way,” he said Saturday. “Now, we feel like we’ve got some momentum. So we’re now looking to hear back from a House Bill 68 application, where we applied for $10 million. And we’re also looking to hear back from the U.S. Congress, through Bill Johnson’s office, where we applied for $7.5 million. We’re optimistic about both of those.”

The funding announcement comes after a settlement this past summer with the city of Marietta, over a 10-year legal battle relating to the project.



A Washington County community is $750,000 closer to having a sewer system thanks to a grant from the H2Ohio program.

A news release from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s office says the money will be used to connect homes in Devola to the county sewer system.

The Devola Sewer Project has been seeking funding since the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency ordered the town to replace its septic system.

There are roughly 500 homes in Devola, almost all of which have single-home tanks.

WTAP will be reaching out to county officials in the coming days for more on the grant and the project.

You can find more information here.

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