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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This year, Ohio EPA received a record number of nominations for the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) – more than 180 projects and more than $400 million for upcoming program year (PY) 2020. This reflects the growing popularity of the WSRLA and the continued, widespread need for drinking water infrastructure improvements. During calendar year 2018, the WSRLA loaned out an all-time-high of more than $233 million in funds for drinking water improvement projects.

Ohio EPA annually solicits project nominations for the WSRLA. Those project nominations are scored, ranked, and placed on an Intended Projects List (IPL). The IPL is part of a larger program management plan (PMP) that is currently available for public review and comment through June 11, 2019. During PY 2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020), Ohio EPA expects to have enough funds available to make loan awards to all eligible projects that meet program requirements. Additionally, Ohio EPA expects to have about $15 million in principal forgiveness (grant-like) funds available. Priority areas for these principal forgiveness funds include economically challenged entities dealing with: system regionalization; projects directly related to human health; lead service line replacements; and emergency connections. Special loan discounts are also available for some of the above priorities, as well as projects that address harmful algal blooms at surface water treatment plants.

For more information on the WSRLA, please contact Jon Bernstein at jonathan.bernstein@epa.ohio.gov or (614) 644-3715.

Since the WSRLA program began in 1998, the program has awarded more than 720 loans totaling nearly $1.6 billion for a wide variety of public drinking water infrastructure.