Ohio EPA Proposes Changes to the Drinking Water Loan Program

Ohio EPA has proposed amended guidelines for $150 million in loan funds set aside for upgrades to public drinking water treatment systems. Ohio EPA is accepting comments through April 9, 2013, on the proposal that will impact funds currently being awarded.

Two public meetings are scheduled to discuss the proposed plan on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Ohio EPA’s Central Office Location in conference room A, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, in Columbus. Those attending should bring a photo I.D. to register as a visitor in the main lobby.

The total loan amount available for 2013 will be limited to $150 million.  

Funding can be used for capital improvements to community and nonprofit or non- community public water systems that have qualifying projects. 

Major changes proposed for the 2013 program year, which ends June 30, 2013, include:

  • removing the minimum interest rate for systems that meet economic affordability criteria or fall into certain disadvantaged community program categories;
  • allowing the public water system’s supervision set-aside to be used for assisting public water system capability assurance and return to doing compliance activities; and
  • applying for funds now available under federal fiscal year 2013’s continuing resolution.

The main purpose of the Drinking Water Assistance Fund is to provide financial assistance to eligible public drinking water systems to bring and keep their systems in compliance with the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act and Ohio statutes and regulations.

Written comments must be submitted by the close of business on April 9, 2013 to Ohio EPA, Attention: Susan Schell, DDAGW, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or


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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.

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