As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at firstname.lastname@epa.ohio.gov or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. In order to reach us, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

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.

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

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Helping communities and businesses access compliance, technical and financial assistance for their environmental needs.

Since 2016, Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund has offered local health districts (LHDs) grant-like subsidies to assist low-income homeowners repair and replace failing household sewage treatment systems (HSTS). Connections to existing sewer systems can also be provided through the program. The funds come in the form of principal forgiveness loans and are used to directly assist homeowners in funding solutions for their failing systems. Principal forgiveness loans do not need to be repaid and, therefore, act like grant funding for qualifying homeowners.

Through the principal forgiveness program, the LHDs set priorities and, using Health and Human Services poverty guidelines (see table), identify income-eligible residents with failing HSTS. This program is for homeowners only and is not intended for commercial applications.

Homeowners can qualify for up to 100 percent of the cost of their HSTS repair or replacement as principal forgiveness. There are no minimum or maximum amounts per household.

More than 70 LHDs currently participate in the principal forgiveness program. As of 2018, more than 2,000 HSTS repairs, replacements, and sewer connections have been completed through the program (summarized in the table below). LHDs have 18 months to administer the loans (for example, for PY 2019, May 2019 through November 2020). The program will continue to be offered in WPCLF program year 2020.

Please visit the Household Sewage Treatment Systems webpage for more information. If you have questions or need help, please contact Adam Pierce at adam.pierce@epa.ohio.gov or (614) 644-3642.