7/2/20
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Ohio EPA’s 2021 Drinking Water Assistance Fund Program Management Plan Available 

 
Ohio EPA has finalized the 2021 Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF) program management plan. The fund provides financial and technical assistance for a variety of projects that help improve or protect the quality of Ohio's drinking water. 

For DWAF program year 2021, which runs from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, Ohio EPA received project nominations totaling approximately $764 million. Funds are available to all applicants that meet program requirements.

Ohio EPA is offering $13.4 million in principal forgiveness to eligible projects. Principal forgiveness is the portion of a loan that is not required to be repaid. High-scoring disadvantaged community and regionalization projects will be prioritized to receive principal forgiveness. Additional principal forgiveness is expected to be available for lead service line replacement projects.

Ohio EPA will offer discounted loans for projects addressing Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) and Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) issues, lead service line replacement and regionalization projects.

In addition to projects identified in the 2021 Program Management Plan planning and design work, lead service line replacement, HAB, and PFAS projects may be nominated any time. 

The primary sources of funds in the DWAF program are proceeds from bond issues, repayments of previously awarded loans and annual federal capitalization grants. Additional principal forgiveness funding from other sources is planned for lead service line replacement projects. More information is available in the highlights section of the Program Management Plan.

Ohio EPA held virtual public hearings about the draft plan on June 17.

Issuance of the final DWAF 2021 program management plan can be appealed to the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC). Appeals generally must be filed within 30 days of issuing a final action; therefore, anyone considering filing an appeal should contact ERAC at (614) 466-8950 for more information.

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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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