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Lead is a common, natural, toxic, and often useful metal that was used for years in products around the home and in the construction industry. It can be found throughout the natural environment as well as in manufactured products such as lead-based paint, pottery, plumbing lines and fixtures.

Lead can enter drinking water through the corrosion of plumbing materials and/or water lines. Many homes across the country get water through lead pipes, called lead service lines, which connect the main drinking water line in the street to homes.

Since 2018, as a response to concerns of lead in drinking water, Ohio EPA’s Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) has awarded targeted funding for lead service line replacements. Over the next two years, lead service line replacement projects will be a special area of emphasis for principal forgiveness funding (the principal portion of a loan that does not require repayment). The WSRLA typically offers about $13 million each program year in principal forgiveness for a variety of projects. In addition to this year’s allocation, other sources of extra principal forgiveness are anticipated during the WSRLA program year.

To take advantage of these funding opportunities, Ohio EPA strongly encouraged applicants to submit lead service line replacement project nominations for consideration through the WSRLA program. Nominations received for Program Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) will be used to determine the total amount of principal forgiveness allocated. Both public and private service lines are eligible for replacement and, where both lines are present, both lines must be replaced.

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