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. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.

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.

Over the last decade, Ohio has seen a convergence of aging environmental infrastructure, rising construction costs, increased focus on asset management, strained local budgets for operations and maintenance, and rapidly increasing water and wastewater user charges for residential customers. Collectively, these forces call into question the affordability and sustainability of some water and wastewater systems, especially if there are opportunities for sharing services, interconnecting utilities and full regionalization.

In Ohio, the State Revolving Funds programs have been providing incentives, either through zero percent interest rate loans, or through principal forgiveness funds, for projects that involve regionalization of drinking water or wastewater facilities. For the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA), we estimate that roughly half of the $13.8 million available for principal forgiveness will go toward regionalization projects. The Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) is proposing to target approximately $15 million in principal forgiveness for projects that involve regionalizing wastewater collection and treatment. These incentives are generating interest from communities and public water systems across Ohio that see regionalization as an opportunity for more affordable and sustainable utilities, as well as being better positioned for potential economic growth.

Ohio EPA recognizes that physical consolidation of water and wastewater facilities is not always possible – some locations have constraints with long distances or steep terrain that make regionalization cost-prohibitive. In those cases, Ohio EPA will continue to work with these communities and the existing infrastructure. However, where regionalization is possible, and the local entities are voluntarily looking to regionalize or consolidate, Ohio EPA will support their efforts and provide financial incentives to help reduce the up-front costs. For more information, please contact Jon Bernstein at jonathan.bernstein@epa.ohio.gov or (614) 644-3715.