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H2Ohio Update

  • On  November 20, 2020 in |
  • Funding

H2Ohio is Governor Mike DeWine’s comprehensive, data-driven water quality plan to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination.

“We have a moral obligation to preserve and protect our natural resources,” Governor DeWine said during a speech at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo. “My H2Ohio plan is a dedicated, holistic water quality strategy with long-lasting solutions to address the causes of Ohio’s water problems, not just the symptoms.”

Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio plan invests in targeted solutions helping reduce phosphorus runoff and prevent algal blooms through increasing implementation of agricultural best practices and the creation of wetlands; improving wastewater infrastructure; replacing failing home septic systems; and preventing lead contamination in high-risk daycare centers and schools. The Ohio General Assembly invested $172 million in the plan in July, and since then, H2Ohio experts have been developing strategies for long-term, cost-effective, and permanent water quality solutions.

In state fiscal year 2020, Ohio EPA received $8.675 million in H2Ohio funds to make available to projects supporting focus areas of the H2Ohio program. DEFA assisted in awarding grant funds in the following areas:

Household Sewage Treatment System Repair and Replacement: A total of $1.75 million was awarded to seven local health districts in the western Lake Erie basin. Health districts in Erie, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood Counties each received $250,000 to assist low-income homeowners with addressing failing septic systems. Go to our YouTube Channel to view a short video on H2Ohio Household Sewage Treatment Systems Funding- Ohio EPA.

Regionalization for Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure: A total of $4.21 million was awarded to seven communities or service providers to address inadequate or unsafe drinking water and to extend sewer service to unsewered areas. Coshocton, New Waterford, Noble County, Pike Water, Pomeroy, Williams County, and West Milton each received between $500,000 and $1 million to provide critical water and wastewater services to Ohio residents.

Childcare Lead Service Line Replacement: $725,000 was awarded to Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) to remove lead service lines serving childcare facilities. It is expected that the funding will allow GCWW to offer complete lead service line replacement for 185 childcare facilities. The funding is also supported by a federal grant which provides funding for testing for lead in drinking water.

Go to the H2Ohio Annual Report to read about accomplishments for Fiscal Year 2020.

For more information, please contact Jon Bernstein at jonathan.bernstein@epa.ohio.gov.