What's New in The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) Program?
The Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund operates on program years, which run from July through June. The 2015 Program Year, which covers the period from July 2014 through June 2015, brings some significant changes that you should be aware of.
First, to be eligible for Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) funds in Program Year 2015, all nomination forms must be submitted via email by March 1, 2014. Paper copies and faxes will no longer be accepted.
Second, an Ohio EPA-approved general plan addressing the proposed project must be submitted with the nomination for construction loans for new, replaced, rehabilitated, upgraded or expanded water treatment plants and their components.
The general plan, which must be approved prior to detail design work, must ensure consistency with all Safe Drinking Water Act requirements and address the substance of the proposed project. Applicants are responsible for consistency between approved general plans and detailed design at the time of application and construction in accordance with the approved detailed plans.
Construction must be in accordance with all terms of the WSRLA assistance agreement. Although the approved general plan may not contain all the planning requirements necessary for a WSLRA loan award, applicants must meet the additional requirements.
Click here for more information on the additional requirements. If you have questions, please contact Ohio EPA’s Division of Drinking and Ground Waters’ loans unit at (614) 644-2752.
Drinking Water Assistance Fund
The Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF) includes the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA), Source Water Assessment and Protection program, and technical assistance through the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP).
Program Year 2013
DWAF Annual Report (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013)
Program Year 2012
DWAF Annual Reprt (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012)
Program Year 2011
DWAF Annual Report (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011)
Program Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014)
The WSRLA provides financial assistance for the planning, design, and construction of improvements to community water systems and non-profit, non-community public water systems. Below-market interest rates are offered for public health or compliance related infrastructure improvements to public water systems. The pre-application deadline is March 1.
The DCLP is a sub-section of the WSRLA program. The DCLP provides funding assistance to drinking water systems in need of design, planning and construction improvements. To qualify for assistance, the system must have documented public health issues and have an annual water and sewer rate (cost per household) which is disproportionately high compared to the median household income of the service area. The application deadline is March 1st.
Drinking Water Emergency Loan Fund
The Drinking Water Emergency Loan Fund provides emergency loans to public water systems for remediation of a threat of contamination, which means anything that prevents a public water system from supplying adequate quantities of safe, potable water to existing users. Any Ohio public water system with a valid license to operate (LTO) is eligible to apply. A maximum loan of $25,000 may be provided to a single system.
Capability Assurance Program
The Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF) includes the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA), the wellhead protection program, and technical assistance through the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP).
WSRLA Loan Applications