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Ohio EPA Accepting Pre-Applications For Financial Assistance For Drinking Water Projects
Communities seeking help with funding drinking water infrastructure projects for 2015 need to nominate their projects by March 1, 2014, to be considered for funding through Ohio EPA’s Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA).
Program year 2015 begins July 1, 2014. To be considered for funding, infrastructure projects must first be added to Ohio EPA’s project priority list (PPL). The first step toward positioning a project onto the PPL is to submit a nomination form. Forms are evaluated using a priority points system that rates health risks, affordability, population, regionalization and effective management.
The WSRLA provides an opportunity for mutually beneficial partnerships between Ohio EPA and Ohio’s public drinking water systems to assure an adequate drinking water supply. The loan account provides below-market interest rate loans for compliance-related improvements for community water systems and non-profit non-community public water systems.
Projects eligible for nomination include design and construction loans for new, replaced, rehabilitated, upgraded or expanded water treatment plants and their components. In addition, communities that want to be considered for funding through the disadvantaged community program also must apply for that program by March 1. The disadvantaged community loan program provides a lower interest rate and longer terms than a standard loan award, and also adds a percentage of loan forgiveness.
Applicants should plan to apply electronically as paper copies and faxes are no longer accepted. To learn more about the WSRLA program, visit Ohio EPA’s drinking water financial assistance web page.
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.