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In the spring of 2016, Ohio EPA partnered with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) and the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA) to help Ohio schools identify and replace drinking-water related components and fixtures containing lead through the Lead Plumbing Fixture Replacement Assistance Grant Program.

This program, passed under Sub. H.B. 390, is administered by OFCC and is funded through $2 million from the OWDA and a $10 million appropriation from the General Assembly to the OFCC. The program provides grants to eligible public schools and chartered nonpublic schools to reimburse the replacement cost for drinking fountains, water coolers, plumbing fixtures and limited connected piping found to cause lead above the federal action level in drinking water. Under the program, schools must use a certified laboratory to conduct initial assessments of the drinking water lead levels of the items to be replaced. Those showing lead levels above the federal action levels are eligible for replacement. All costs, assessments and fixture replacements are reimbursable up to $15,000 per school building.

As of December 2016, approximately $8 of the $12 million available had been allocated to schools that applied through OFCC’s online application system. More information about the Lead Plumbing Fixture Replacement Assistance Grant Program can be found on OFCC’s website: ofcc.ohio.gov/ServicesPrograms/LeadFixtureReplacementGrants. For specific questions, please contact Jean Stephenson at jean.stephenson@ofcc.ohio.gov or (614) 466-6290.