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After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946

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In December 2017, Ohio EPA awarded four communities principal forgiveness funds through the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) for asset management planning.

Asset management has many different definitions — in the end it boils down to getting the most out of your assets at the lowest cost to the system. In other words, a water system should know what and where all its assets are, and should be servicing assets frequently enough that they are doing what they are meant to, without spending more time or money than is necessary to achieve those results.

Ohio’s Senate Bill 2, which became effective on Oct. 6, 2017, requires all public water systems to have an asset management program in place by Oct. 1, 2018. Ohio EPA is developing rules to reflect the statutory change of Senate Bill 2 along with the existing capability rules to address the managerial, technical and financial capability of water systems. Among other things, a successful asset management program should cut down on the number of disruptions in service due to lack of maintenance and planning.

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. The loan terms will be five years with up to $10,000 of principal forgiveness included. For more information, contact Kevin Spurbeck at (614) 644-3645.

The following communities received funding in December:

  • Village of Georgetown ($15,954),
  • Village of New Concord ($20,170),
  • Village of Toronto ($20,170), and
  • Village of Garrettsville (37,805).

The Village of Scio (March 2017) and the Village of Tuscarawas (June 2017) also took advantage of principal forgiveness funds earlier in the year for asset management.