SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) - Clark County residents can start cashing in on Mother Nature. The Storm Water Credit Program helps you go green and save green all at the same time.
When you look at the Bushnell building in downtown Springfield you're looking at a structure more than a century old, but owner James Lagos is bringing it into the 21st century through renovations.
"We've heavily insulated the roof and walls. We put brand new windows and very extreme energy efficient windows," said Lagos.
"It's these type of environmental modifications the city is encouraging its residents and business owners to do.
Their latest efforts are through the Storm Water Credit Program. They're hoping residents and property owners will reduce the amount of storm water runoff from their property. Depending on the changes you make, you could save anywhere from 10 to 75 percent off your bill.
"For instance if you own a home in Springfield and you want to cut your storm water bill in half, there are a number of things you can do. You can put up two rain barrels or a rain garden," said Sky Schelle, program coordinator.
Schelle said it's all in an effort to keep Springfield's lakes and streams clean.
"Polluted runoff is one of the largest pollution problems in the country and locally, it's creating combined sewer overflows which means when it rains the sewer system is overtaxed," said Schelle.
Since finding out about the program, Lagos is continuing his efforts to aid in making a greener Springfield. He's building a trap that will collect all the rain water on the roof of the Bushnell building and channeling that down into 30,000 gallon tanks in the lot next to the property.
"Then we are going to pump that back into the building and then we will be using that water to flush the toilets to flush the urinals for mop sink water and to reestablish the water the cooling towers," said Lagos.
Visit the City of Springfield website for more information.
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