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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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.

Please visit https://www.epa.ohio.gov/defa/ofa for more information or contact our office at 614-644-2798