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Ohio EPA has finalized the 2021 WPCLF Program Management Plan. The fund provides financial and technical assistance for a variety of projects that help improve or protect the quality of Ohio’s water resources.

For WPCLF program year 2021, which runs from Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2021, Ohio EPA received project nominations totaling approximately $2.6 billion. Funds are available to all applicants that meet program requirements.

Ohio EPA is offering $35.7 million in principal forgiveness to eligible projects. Principal forgiveness is the portion of a loan that is not required to be repaid. Regionalization projects, municipal wastewater infrastructure, and failing household sewage treatment systems will be prioritized to receive principal forgiveness. A small amount of principal forgiveness is also available for the installation of back-up power facilities.

Ohio EPA will offer discounted loans for projects that address regionalization and nutrient reduction. In addition to projects identified in the 2021 Program Management Plan, planning and design loans may be nominated at any time.

The primary sources of funds in the WPCLF program are proceeds from bond issues, repayments of previously awarded loans, and annual federal capitalization grants. More information is available in the highlights section of the Program Management Plan.

Ohio EPA’s drinking water state revolving fund, the Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF), will be accepting nominations for its program year 2022 in February 2021. The DWAF program year 2022 runs from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

To stay informed about the WPCLF and DWAF, go to our Customer Support Center and create an account and subscribe to our mailing lists. Questions? Call the financial assistance program at (614) 644-2752.