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.

 

 

July 5, 2016: 2017 Final Drinking Water Program Management Plan

Director Butler announced the approval of the 2017 Drinking Water Assistance Fund Program Management Plan on Friday, July 1. The program management plan includes a list of projects that qualify for financial assistance during the 2017 program year. A summary of the major changes for program year 2017 is located in the introduction section of the final plan. Click here for more information.


March 1, 2016: WSRLA Harmful Algal Bloom Project Nominations Accepted Through June 30, 2017

Project nominations for harmful algal bloom (HAB) projects may be submitted until the end of Program Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017). Click here for nomination form.


July 28, 2015: Final Program Year (2016) PMIUP for the Drinking Water Assistance Fund

DDAGW has issued the Final Program Year (2016) Program Management and Intended Use Plan for the Drinking Water Assistance Fund or DWAF.  (Copies are available on the tab entitled, "Drinking Water Assistance Fund.")


April 17, 2015: 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.  


Feb. 9, 2015: Important Highlights of the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) Program Year 2016

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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).

HAB Nomination Information for Program Year 2017

Project nominations for harmful algal bloom (HAB) projects may be submitted until the end of Program Year 2017 (June 30, 2017). Please refer to the following documents to ensure a complete nomination is submitted.

Please send an email to DWAF.mail@epa.ohio.gov or call (614) 644-2798 if you have questions.

DWAF Program Year 2016 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016)

Loan Documents

Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA)

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.


Disadvantaged Community Loan Program (DCLP)

The 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.


Annual Reports


Drinking Water Emergency Loan Fund

The Drinking Water Emergency Loan Fund 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.

Capability Assurance Program

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).

General Information

Reports

New Systems

WSRLA Loan Applications