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.

New Emergency Generator Grants

To help community water systems increase their technical capacity to provide a continuous source of safe drinking water, Ohio EPA is now offering grants to reimburse the initial cost of emergency generators and the necessary accessories. Grants may be requested for generators, supplies and training in an amount not to exceed $10,000. Ohio community public water systems that do not have an emergency generator to power their water treatment plant and serve less than 2,000 people are eligible to apply. There is no deadline to apply, funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until depleted. For more information, please email us or contact Susan Schell at (614) 644-2752. Details are available below. 

Emergency Generator Grant Application (Word) (PDF)

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.

Resources

Given the unpredictable nature of power failures, it is critical that water systems acquire onsite alternative power sources as part of their contingency planning. To help community water systems increase their technical capacity to provide a continuous source of safe drinking water, Ohio EPA is now offering grants to reimburse the initial cost of emergency generators and the necessary accessories. 

For more information, please email us or contact Susan Schell at (614) 644-2752. 

Who’s eligible?  

Ohio community public water systems that do not have an emergency generator to power their water treatment plant and serve less than 2,000 people. 

Acceptable asset management plan documents must be submitted with the grant application. The asset management plan documents ensure that critical pieces of equipment are accounted for in the water system planning. Manufactured home park and home owner association water systems must submit completed asset management templates. All other eligible water systems must submit an asset inventory and condition assessment. Read more about asset management. 

What’s covered?

Equipment obtained under the grant must be used for the purchase of equipment necessary to power the water treatment plant in the event of electrical grid failure. Grants may be requested for generators, supplies and training in an amount not to exceed $10,000. Items eligible for reimbursement include: 

  • Dedicated emergency generator capable of treating water and pumping to the distribution system during power outages to meet the average day demand. Must be equipped with automatic switchover. 
  • Automatic switchgear. 
  • Training on the use of the emergency generator. 

How do I apply?

After completing the required asset management documents and plans, complete the Emergency Generator Grant Application (Word) (PDF). There is no deadline to apply, funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until depleted.

The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 6109.24 requires all public water systems to implement an asset management program by Oct. 1, 2018. The Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745-87 are the Asset Management Program rules that outline what is required to be in a public water system's program.  

To help water systems implement these requirements, Ohio EPA is offering interest-free Asset Management Planning loans. Nominations for these loans will be accepted at any time. read more...