Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio plan is a comprehensive and data-driven approach to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater and water infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination. It requires collaboration between the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and Ohio EPA to achieve the program’s goals.
For state fiscal year 2020, Ohio EPA was allocated approximately $8.6 million to address five primary concerns: water and wastewater infrastructure; lead service lines in daycare facilities; household sewage treatment system (HSTS) repair and replacement; research and development; and water quality monitoring. To date, Ohio EPA has awarded the following H2Ohio funding:
• $3,500,000 for seven water and wastewater infrastructure projects;
• $1,750,000 for seven HSTS repair and replacement programs;
• $725,000 for daycare lead service line replacement; and
• $568,500 for water monitoring and data collection.
Ohio EPA’s state revolving fund (SRF) programs will coordinate and provide funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects to assist in reaching the Governor’s H2Ohio goals and distribute the funding where it’s most needed. Drinking water and wastewater SRF programs accept project nominations once a year. Submitted projects are evaluated for funding through the SRF and other funding sources such as H2Ohio that may become available during the program year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021). The Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) accepts nominations for wastewater projects during the month of August while the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) accepts nominations in March The program year is based on the calendar year.
For both water and wastewater programs, nominations for planning, design, and nutrient reduction/Harmful Algal Bloom related projects may be submitted at any time. Additionally, for the WSRLA program, PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) or lead service line replacement projects may be nominated at any time. As new funding opportunities become available through H2Ohio or other state and federal funds, Ohio EPA will utilize the SRF program nominations to identify projects which fit State and Agency priorities and that are ready to proceed.
For more information about H2Ohio activities, please visit the H2Ohio website: h2.ohio.gov. If you have questions about Ohio EPA’s SRF programs, please contact Jon Bernstein, DEFA Assistant Chief, at (614) 644-3715 or Jonathan.Bernstein@epa.ohio.gov.