State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, of Kent, announced Monday that the state has approved over $264,000 in capital funds for improvements to the drinking water system that serves West Branch State Park. The installation of new equipment and changes to the park's water treatment infrastructure will ensure the plant meets Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regulatory standards.
"I am pleased to see this funding used to make improvements to one of Portage County's greatest natural resources," said Clyde. "West Branch State Park is much loved by residents and visitors from around northeast Ohio alike, and the surrounding community benefits from these enhancements of the park's existing infrastructure."
New equipment will be installed to modernize the existing on-site surface water treatment plant, managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The plant will be outfitted with new cartridge filters, granular activated carbon filters, a water filter pumping system and associated piping, valves and supports.
Improvements to the park's water treatment system are slated for completion by July 1.