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Highlights of the 2020 Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF) Program Management Plan (PMP)

  • On  September 10, 2019 in |
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  • The Program Year (PY) 2020 Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF) Program Management Plan (PMP) became effective on July 1, 2019.

WRRSP Nomination Period is Rapidly Approaching

  • On  June 7, 2019 in |
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  • The nomination period for the Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program (WRRSP) is changing this year to Aug. 1 – 31, 2019. This change allows more time for the pre-nomination site visits now required to nominate a project. Another potential change for the WRRSP program in 2020 will involve increased focus on projects that are located in the Western Basin of Lake Erie.

Record Number of Nominations Received for WSRLA Program Year 2020

  • On  June 7, 2019 in |
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  • This year, Ohio EPA received a record number of nominations for the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) – more than 180 projects and more than $400 million for upcoming program year (PY) 2020. This reflects the growing popularity of the WSRLA and the continued, widespread need for drinking water infrastructure improvements. During calendar year 2018, the WSRLA loaned out an all-time-high of more than $233 million in funds for drinking water improvement projects.

Funding Opportunities

  • On  March 8, 2019 in |
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  • Rural Energy For America Program, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants, April 1, 2019 deadline.

Public Water Systems Asset Management

  • On  February 22, 2019 in |
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  • In Ohio, around 4,800 public water systems (PWS) serve approximately 11 million people daily. PWS are regulated by Ohio EPA’s Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) and are required to monitor their water regularly for contaminants. When a system doesn't meet a standard, consumers are notified.

Record Year for Drinking Water Assistance

  • On  February 22, 2019 in |
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  • 2018 was a record year for financial assistance from the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA). The $233 million awarded during the calendar year is the largest annual amount in the program to date.

America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 Strengthens the Nation’s State Revolving Funds

  • On  February 22, 2019 in |
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  • On Oct. 23, 2018, the President signed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018, containing provisions strengthening both the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

Ohio’s State Revolving Funds (SRFs) Continue to Promote Regional Solutions

  • On  December 6, 2018 in |
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  • In Ohio, the State Revolving Funds programs have been providing incentives, either through zero percent interest rate loans, or through principal forgiveness funds, for projects that involve regionalization of drinking water or wastewater facilities.

What does readiness to proceed mean?

  • On  December 6, 2018 in |
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  • So far this year, Ohio EPA has processed more than 200 loan agreements. With continued, growing demand for SRF program funding, Ohio EPA is focusing more attention on those projects most likely to successfully make it to loan award during the year, or those projects that are ready to proceed.

American Iron and Steel Requirements Update

  • On  December 6, 2018 in |
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  • The American Iron and Steel (AIS) provision requires all Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) assistance recipients to use iron and steel products produced in the United States. This requirement applies to projects for constructing, altering, maintaining or repairing public water systems or treatment works. In Ohio, Water Pollution Control Loan Fund and Water Supply Revolving Loan Account loan recipients are subject to AIS requirements.