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Ohio EPA will hold two public hearings on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, to accept public comments on the draft 2019 Program Management Plan for the Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF). The fund provides financial and technical assistance for a variety of projects that help improve or protect the quality of Ohio's drinking water.

The public meetings begin at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. All visitors should bring photo identification in order to register at the security desk.

For program year 2019, which runs from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, Ohio EPA received project nominations totaling approximately $473 million. Loan funds are available to all applicants that meet program requirements.

Ohio EPA plans to offer up to $13.8 million in principal forgiveness to eligible projects. Principal forgiveness is the portion of a loan that is not required to be repaid. High-scoring regionalization and human health projects will be prioritized to receive principal forgiveness.

Ohio EPA will continue to offer funding for other projects that help address statewide water quality priorities, including improvements to surface water treatment plants addressing Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) issues, emergency interconnections between public drinking water systems, lead service line replacement, emergency generators and asset management planning.

All projects listed for funding were required to be nominated by March 1, 2018, with the exception of planning projects, design projects and construction projects that implement recommended corrosion controls or replace lead service lines. These projects may be nominated any time during program year 2018.

The primary sources of funds in the DWAF program are proceeds from bond issues, repayments of previously awarded loans and annual federal capitalization grants. Occasionally, Ohio EPA also issues revenue bonds to raise funds to meet the coming year’s funding requests.

Copies of the Draft 2019 DWAF Program Management Plan are available on the web by emailing or calling (614) 644-2798. Written comments also can be mailed to Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or emailed to The Agency is accepting comments on its draft plan through June 19.