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Ohio EPA continues to strongly support drinking water regionalization projects and comprehensive lead service line (LSL) replacement projects by offering incentives such as principal forgiveness and zero-percent interest loans.

Regionalization projects funded by the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) include waterline extensions that will tie-in other existing public water systems such as municipalities, schools, mobile home parks, and homeowners’ associations to a public entity that is able to more effectively manage such systems. In addition, regionalization may involve connecting communities or residential areas served by individual poor quality/quantity wells – or businesses with individual, problematic public water systems – to a properly functioning centralized water system.

Lead service line replacement projects funded by the WSRLA include complete replacement of LSLs (public and private side). Proposed projects can be part of a public watermain replacement project or could be LSL-specific. Water systems are encouraged to plan ahead by having up-to-date LSL distribution maps; agreements for access to private property; and a public outreach program in place.

As a reminder, WSRLA nominations for planning and design loans are accepted year-round, while nominations for construction loans are due by March 1 annually. The next call for project nominations will be made in early January 2020 for Program Year (PY) 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021), so begin preparing now to submit your drinking water projects for WSRLA funding consideration.

For questions, please contact Debbie Nicholas at deborah.nicholas@epa.ohio.gov or (614) 728-1222.