Financial Assistance

Ohio EPA has several programs that offer below-market rate loans to eligible public water systems to fund improvements to eliminate public health threats and ensure compliance with federal and state drinking water laws and regulations.

Join the Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF) electronic mailing list to stay informed about the financial assistance program.

Questions? Call the Financial Assistance Program at (614) 644-2752.



2018 Final Drinking Water Program Management Plan

The Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF) Program Management and Intended Use Plan for Program Year (PY) 2018 describes how the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) intends to administer and distribute funds in the Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF) as authorized and required by Section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 6109.22. 

WSRLA Harmful Algal Bloom Project Nominations

Project nominations for harmful algal bloom (HAB) projects may be submitted at any time. Click here for nomination form.

Harmful Algal Bloom Financial Incentives Fact Sheet 

In recent years harmful algal blooms (HABs) have impaired recreational and drinking water uses. To address this issue, Ohio EPA is making available additional funds to public water systems to enhance drinking water treatment and mitigate impacts resulting from HABs. Click here for more information.  

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).

Loan documents, forms and instructions (including HAB nomination forms) can be found on the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance webpage.

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 Disadvantaged Community Loan Program (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 1.


The Drinking Water Emergency Loan Fund (DWELF) 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.


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).