The Program Year (PY) 2020 Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF) Program Management Plan (PMP) became effective on July 1, 2019. The DWAF PMP includes guidelines for the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) state revolving fund along with other associated programs. For PY 2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020), Ohio EPA received nominations totaling more than $400 million for projects related to the planning, design, and construction of drinking water infrastructure improvements. Approximately $15 million of WSRLA money will be made available as principal forgiveness to fund projects addressing lead service lines, emergency interconnections, regionalization projects, and drinking water plant and distribution system improvements.
Ohio EPA continues to strongly support efforts for regionalization of public water systems. Regionalization is defined as at least two independent entities working together to share the responsibility of providing services to their residential, commercial, and industrial customers by physically connecting their water distribution systems and using a centralized water treatment system. For regionalization projects that do not qualify for principal forgiveness, up to $10 million in zero percent interest loan funds are available for the portions of projects directly related to regionalization.
Ohio EPA also continues to offer zero percent financing for projects that target Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) issues. Any portion of a planning, design, or construction loan that includes infrastructure improvements at surface water treatment plants to address HAB issues is eligible for a zero percent interest rate for that portion of the loan.
Additionally, Ohio EPA will offer zero percent interest rate loans to portions of projects that involve the total replacement of lead service lines. The zero percent funds will be available only for portions of waterline replacement projects where the lead service lines are entirely replaced (public and private portion). Ohio EPA will make up to $5 million available at the discounted rate for this purpose. Projects that involve partial replacement of lead service lines (for example, public side only) are eligible to receive funding at the borrower’s regular interest rate, provided that documentation is produced that shows homeowners were offered replacement of the private side lead service line at their own expense.
Please note that, to help communities better prepare for their future construction projects, Ohio EPA will continue to accept nominations throughout the year for all planning and design loans, which will be awarded at a zero percent interest rate.
For questions, please contact Debbie Nicholas at Deborah.Nicholas@epa.ohio.gov or (614) 728-1222, or Jon Bernstein at Jonathan.Bernstein@epa.ohio.gov or (614) 644-3715.