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7/5/17
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: James Lee

Ohio EPA Announces 2018 Drinking Water Assistance Fund Program Management Plan

Ohio EPA has issued the final version of the 2018 Program Management Plan for the Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF). The fund provides financial and technical assistance for a variety of projects that help improve or protect the quality of Ohio's drinking water. 

For the 2018 program year, (running July 2017 through June 30, 2018) Ohio EPA received project nominations totaling $367 million and is making funds available to all applicants that meet program requirements. Highlights for the 2018 program year include:

  • Ohio EPA will accept nominations throughout the year for planning loans, implementing construction recommendations of corrosion control studies, or replacing lead service lines.
  • Ohio EPA anticipates providing up to $6.9 million in principal forgiveness to eligible projects. Principal forgiveness is the portion of loan money that is not required to be paid back. Regionalization and human health projects will be prioritized to receive principal forgiveness. 
  • Ohio EPA will continue to offer targeted funding for auxiliary power systems, asset management projects, improvements to surface water treatment plants to address Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) issues, replacement and upgrading of water meters and emergency connections between public drinking water systems

Except for items listed above, all projects eligible to receive 2018 funding were required to be nominated by March 1, 2017. The primary sources of DWAF assistance are proceeds from bond issues, available loan repayments and federal capitalization grants. Ohio EPA may issue revenue bonds to help meet the coming year’s funding requests.

Ohio EPA held two public hearings earlier in 2017 to discuss the Agency’s draft management plan. Copies of the finalized 2018 Program Management Plan are available to view online or by contacting EPA.DEFAMAIL@epa.ohio.gov, or calling (614) 644-3636.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

 
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