As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at firstname.lastname@epa.ohio.gov or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. This number should only be used for emergencies. For all other calls, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.



2/11/20
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Dina Pierce
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron

Ohio EPA Requests Nominations for Drinking Water Projects Needing Financial Assistance

Ohio EPA is accepting nominations for drinking water infrastructure improvements that need financial assistance through the state’s Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA).

In order to be considered for Program Year 2021 funding, all project nomination forms and supporting information must be submitted by email to defamail@epa.ohio.gov by March 4, 2020.

“Beginning with my H2Ohio initiative, we have made it a priority to help Ohio communities have access to funding for drinking water projects,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “I encourage community leaders throughout the state to consider using the state revolving loan account to help provide continued, safe drinking water for your residents.”

 Highlights for Program Year 2021 priorities include:

  • About $10 million in principal forgiveness will be offered. Principal forgiveness refers to the principal portion of a loan that does not require repayment. Priority for principal forgiveness loans will be given to projects focused on lead service line replacement, regionalization, and extending water service to residential areas currently using contaminated private wells or wells with inadequate supply.
  • Lead service line replacement projects will be a special area of emphasis for principal forgiveness funding over the next two years. In addition to the $10 million mentioned above, additional principal forgiveness is anticipated during the program year.
  • Zero percent interest rates will be offered to projects focused on PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) remediation, lead service line replacement, system regionalization, project planning and design, and harmful algal bloom (HAB) issues.

Construction projects must by nominated by March 4, 2020; planning and design, PFAS remediation, lead service line replacement, and HAB projects may be nominated any time during the program year. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit projects during the nomination period for consideration of funding from WSRLA as well as other funds that may become available during the program year, such as H2Ohio.

The WSRLA offers below-market rate loans to eligible public water systems to fund infrastructure improvements that eliminate public health threats and ensure compliance with federal and state drinking water laws and regulations.

The program is administered by Ohio EPA with assistance from the Ohio Water Development Authority. Since 1998, the WSRLA has provided over $1.6 billion in community loan assistance and saved its customers more than $240 million in interest expense. 

Projects may be nominated by following instructions and forms available at https://epa.ohio.gov/defa/ofa#1696510030-wsrla. The 2021 program year is July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021.

-30-

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.

 
 800-282-9378