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On July 18, 2018, DEFA hosted a webinar to discuss the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF), including highlights of the past 12 months, plans for the 2019 program, the nomination process and project scoring. A recording of the webinar is on the Agency YouTube channel.

For the 2019 program year, DEFA expects $36M to be available for principal forgiveness funding. Principal forgiveness for local health departments to address failing HSTS in their areas is expected to continue with up to $150,000 available per entity. Approximately $500,000 in principal forgiveness to fund generator, transfer switch and other back-up power related projects, with a maximum of $50,000 per project is anticipated. The remaining principal forgiveness funds are expected to be used for wastewater projects for communities meeting the affordability criteria with a continued focus on regionalization projects.

Readiness to proceed also continues to be an important factor in evaluating projects for principal forgiveness. Some items that will be considered include:

  • complete facilities planning information;
  • an executed design contract;
  • a PTI/NPDES permit application and/or approval;
  • a user charge system in place; and
  • a draft or executed intergovernmental agreement for regionalization projects that involve multiple communities.

The call for nominations for the 2019 program year ends August 31. A new nomination form is available and will be used for future WPCLF and WSRLA nominations. This new form is based on the loan application that communities are already familiar with and streamlines the nomination process.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Joe Dragovich at or (614) 644-3710 or Debbie Hauser at or (614) 644-3711.

WPCLF Highlights July 1, 2017 – July 1, 2018

  • 190 Projects awarded, totaling $906,432,402.
  • 11 planning loans, 20 design loans, 78 construction loans.
  • 71 Health Districts received a total of $13.2 million in principal forgiveness (PF) funds for HSTS improvements.
  • 10 Projects were awarded under the Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program.
  • 15 projects received principal forgiveness funds totaling $17M.
  • Loans ranged in size from a $7,875 planning loan to Mingo Junction to a $142.3M loan to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.