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Lead Service Line Mapping and Inventory Grant 

Ohio EPA is now accepting applications for the Lead Service Line Mapping and Inventory Grant. Community and non-transient non-community public water systems are eligible to apply. The grant allows for up to $50,000 in reimbursement for eligible activities. To find out more or to learn how to apply please visit the Lead Service Line Mapping & Inventory Grant webpage or contact Ohio EPA at (614) 644-3625 or by email at ddagw_lsl_map_grant@epa.ohio.gov.

2019 Sewer and Water Rate Survey

Ohio EPA has finalized and posted the 2019 Sewer and Water Rate Survey for calendar year 2019. The purpose of the annual Sewer and Water Rate Survey is to collect and publish Ohio residential sewer and water rates. The Economic Analysis Unit annually surveys sewer and water rates charged by Ohio cities, villages and special districts during the prior calendar year. Annual rates are calculated for residential customers within municipal limits given an assumed monthly water consumption level of 7,756 gallons (or 1,037 cubic feet) per household. Rate calculations do not include charges levied through income or property taxes. Historic survey data and sewer and water rates for more than 500 cities, villages and districts during the 2003-2018 periods are available online at Ohio EPA's Office of Fiscal Administration web page.

Rule Announcements

June 10, 2022: DDAGW has reviewed comments during the open comment periods and has Refiled the following rules:  Harmful Algal Blooms (OAC 3745-90), Water Well Standards (OAC 3745-9), Operational Requirements (OAC 3745-83). The responses to those comments and the refiled draft rules are available on the Proposed Rule page.

June 24, 2022: DDAGW seeks comments on a plan to file Consumer Confidence Report rules in chapter 3745-96 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). Comments are due by 7/25/22. See the Early Stakeholder Outreach page for more information.

June 1, 2022: DDAGW seeks comments on a plan to file Lead and Copper rules in chapter 3745-81 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). Comments are due by 7/1/22. See the Early Stakeholder Outreach page for more information.

May 18, 2021: DDAGW seeks comments on proposed rulemaking governing the Primary Drinking Water Standards rules. Comments are due by June 18, 2022. See the Interested Party Review page for more information.

April 20, 2022: The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has proposed "Amend" to Water Well Standards Rules in chapter 3745-9 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). See the Proposed Rule page for more information.

April 12, 2022: Adoption of Amended Rule Language- OAC Chapter 3745-81, Revised Total Coliform Rules

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has adopted the amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-81..

The amended rules will be effective as of Sunday, May 1, 2022. (See the Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period ending on November 10th, 2021, a proposal comment period ending on February 10, 2022, and a public hearing held virtually and in person on February 10, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.

April 8, 2022: The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has proposed "Amend" to Operational Requirements Rules in chapters 3745-83 and 3745-81 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). See the Proposed Rule page for more information.

April 6, 2022: The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has proposed "Amend" to Plan Approval Rules in chapter 3745-91 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). See the Proposed Rule page for more information.

April 4, 2022: Adoption of Amended Rule Language- OAC Chapter 3745-85, Contingency Plans

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has adopted the amended rule in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-85..

The amended rules will be effective as of Friday, April 15, 2022. (See the Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period ending on October 17th, 2021, a proposal comment period ending on February 8th, 2022, and a public hearing held on February 8th, 2022 in person in Columbus, Ohio.

March 30, 2022: The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has proposed "Amend" to Harmful Algal Blooms Rules in chapter 3745-90 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). See the Proposed Rule page for more information.

March 14, 2022: Adoption of Amended Rule Language - (OAC) Chapter 3745-86

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has adopted the amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) chapter 3745-86.

The amended rules will be effective as of Friday, April 1, 2022. (See the Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period ending on October 18th, 2021, a proposal comment period ending on January 4th, 2022, and a public hearing held on January 4th, 2022 virtually in Columbus, Ohio.

Feb. 10, 2022: Adoption of Amended Rule Language- (OAC) Chapters 3745-7, 3745-34, 3745-81, and 3745-91

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has adopted the amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapters 3745-7, 3745-34, 3745-81, and 3745-91.

The amended rules will be effective as of Tuesday, March 1, 2022. (See the Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period ending on August 16, 2021, a proposal comment period ending on December 3, 2021, and a public hearing held on December 3, 2021 virtually in Columbus, Ohio.

Feb. 9, 2022: Adoption of Amended Rule Language- OAC Chapter 3745-81, Primary Drinking Water Standards

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has adopted the amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-81.

The amended rules will be effective as of Tuesday, March 1, 2022. (See the Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period ending on October 4, 2019, a proposal comment period ending on February 26, 2020, and a public hearing held on February 26, 2020 in person in Columbus, Ohio.

Jan. 24, 2021: DDAGW seeks comments on a plan to file Ground Water Rules 3745-81 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) as "Amend". Comments are due by February 24th, 2022. See the Interested Party Review page for more information.

Jan. 5, 2022: The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has proposed "Amend" to Revised Total Coliform Rules in chapter 3745-81 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). See the Proposed Rule page for more information.

Jan. 4, 2022: The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has proposed to "Amend" several Primary Drinking Water Standard rules in Chapter 3745-81 of the Administrative Code to Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). See the Proposed Rule page for more information.

Jan. 4, 2022: The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has proposed "Amend" to Contingency Plans rules in chapter 3745-85 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). See the Proposed Rule page for more information.

Dec. 14, 2021: DDAGW seeks comments on a plan to file Operational Requirements rule 3745-83-01 and Primary Drinking Water Standards rule 3745-81-01 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) as "Amend". Comments are due by January 14th, 2022. See the Interested Party Review page for more information.

Dec. 7, 2021: DDAGW seeks comments on a plan to file Water Well Standards rules in chapter 3745-9 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) as "Amend". Comments are due by January 7th, 2022. See the Interested Party Review page for more information.