Ohio EPA Releases Draft 2020 Drinking Water Assistance Fund Program Management Plan 

Ohio EPA will hold two public hearings on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, to accept public comments on the draft 2020 Program Management Plan for the Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF). The fund provides financial and technical assistance for a variety of projects that help improve or protect the quality of Ohio's drinking water.

The public meetings begin at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. All visitors should bring photo identification in order to register at the security desk.

For program year 2020, which runs from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, Ohio EPA received project nominations totaling approximately $424 million. Funds are available to all applicants that meet program requirements.

Ohio EPA plans to offer up to $15.2 million in principal forgiveness to eligible projects. Principal forgiveness is the portion of a loan that is not required to be repaid. High-scoring regionalization and human health projects will be prioritized to receive principal forgiveness.

Ohio EPA will continue to offer targeted funding for improvements to surface water treatment plants addressing harmful algal bloom (HAB) issues, emergency connections between public drinking water systems, gaseous chlorine conversion, lead service line replacement and regionalization projects.

All projects listed for funding were required to be nominated by March 1, 2019, with the exception of planning projects, design projects, and construction projects that implement recommended corrosion controls or replace lead service lines. These projects may be nominated any time during program year 2020.

The primary sources of funds in the DWAF program are proceeds from bond issues, repayments of previously awarded loans and annual federal capitalization grants. Occasionally, Ohio EPA also issues revenue bonds to raise funds to meet the coming year’s funding requests.

Copies of the Draft 2020 Program Management Plan are available on the web, by contacting defamail@epa.ohio.gov, or calling (614) 644-3636. Written comments also can be mailed to Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or emailed to defamail@epa.ohio.gov. The agency is accepting comments on its draft plan through June 11.


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.

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