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H2Ohio Lead Service Line Inventory and Mapping Grant Opportunity

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) is pleased to announce the second round of the H2Ohio Lead Line Mapping Grant. This grant opportunity assists public water systems with preparing service line inventories as required by the U.S. EPA Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) and to be better positioned for future lead service line replacement projects. Applications for this grant will be accepted starting on August 11, 2022 through September 9, 2022. 

This grant is made possible by Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative. H2Ohio is a comprehensive and data-driven approach to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater, water infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination in Ohio.

To learn more please visit the grant opportunities tab or reach out to Ohio EPA at DDAGW.Grants@epa.ohio.gov.

Fluoridation Assistance Program

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) offers financial assistance to community water systems that fluoridate to help offset the costs of replacing fluoridation feeding and testing equipment. Communities that are interested in initiating water fluoridation may be eligible to receive reimbursement for start-up costs, including the first year's supply of fluoride supplement. This funding is generously offered through a grant from the Delta Dental Foundation, and the amount awarded to each water system is contingent on funding received by ODH. Please visit the Fluoridation Assistance Program website to learn more about this program. If you anticipate initiating water fluoridation or needing to replace your fluoridation feeding and testing equipment in 2020, please send an email to Barbara.Carnahan@odh.ohio.gov. If you can, estimate the approximate costs and indicate the number of persons served by your water system. This will assist ODH in preparing the next grant application to the Delta Dental Foundation.

WSRLA Harmful Algal Bloom Project Nominations

Project nominations for harmful algal bloom (HAB) projects may be submitted at any time. Click here for nomination form.

Harmful Algal Bloom Financial Incentives Fact Sheet

In recent years harmful algal blooms (HABs) have impaired recreational and drinking water uses. To address this issue, Ohio EPA is making available additional funds to public water systems to enhance drinking water treatment and mitigate impacts resulting from HABs. Click here for more information.  

Grant Opportunities

H2Ohio Public Water System Equipment Grant 

Ohio EPA is pleased to announce a public water system equipment grant opportunity. Grants are being offered to reimburse the initial cost of valve exercising, leak detection and meter accuracy testing equipment. This grant opportunity is made possible by Governor Mike DeWine's H2Ohio initiative. H2Ohio is a comprehensive and data-driven approach to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater, and water infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination. For more information on this grant opportunity please see the grant application and guidelines below. 

Who is Eligible?

Ohio community public water systems are eligible to apply. 

Eligible Equipment

  • Valve exercising equipment;
  • Amplified Listening Devices to detect leaks in the distribution system;
  • Pressure loggers;
  • Clamp-on flow meters to check accuracy of meters;
  • Metal pipe locators; and
  • Training on the use of the above equipment 

Other equipment may be requested and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Grant Application and Guidelines 

Applications will be accepted starting on December 20, 2022 and will remain open until 5:00 PM on January 25, 2023. A written award or denial determination will be issued by Ohio EPA within 90 days from the close of the application.

H2Ohio Public Water System Equipment Grant Application and Guidelines (PDF) (Word)

Questions?

Applicants may contact Ohio EPA staff members with questions throughout the grant process. Please email any questions to DDAGW.Grants@epa.ohio.gov

Emergency Generator Grant (Closed November 21, 2022)

Given the unpredictable nature of power failures, it is critical that water systems acquire onsite alternative power sources as part of their contingency planning. To help public water systems increase their technical capacity to provide a continuos source of safe drinking water, Ohio EPA is now offering grants to reimburse the initial cost of emergency generators and necessary accessories. 

Who is Eligible?

Ohio community public water systems serving less than 10,000 customers that do not have an emergency generator to power their water treatment plant or critical distribution infrastructure are eligible to apply.  

Application and Guidelines 

Applications will be accepted starting on October 19, 2022 and will remain open until 5:00 PM on November 21, 2022. A written award or denial determination will be issued by Ohio EPA within 30 days from the close of the application.

Emergency Generator Equipment Grant Application and Guidelines

Questions?

Applicants may contact Ohio EPA staff members with questions throughout the grant process. Please email any questions to DDAGW.Grants@epa.ohio.gov

H2Ohio Lead Service Line Inventory and Mapping Grant (Closed September 9, 2022) 

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) is pleased to announce the second round of the H2Ohio Lead Line Mapping Grant. This grant opportunity assists public water systems with preparing service line inventories as required by the U.S. EPA Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) and to be better positioned for future lead service line replacement projects. Community and non-transient, non-community public water systems are encouraged to apply.  This grant is made possible by Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative. H2Ohio is a comprehensive and data-driven approach to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater, water infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination in Ohio.

Application and Guidelines

Applications will be accepted starting on August 11, 2022 and will remain open until 4:00 PM on September 9, 2022. Grant applications will be reviewed and scored after September 9, 2022. A written award or denial determination will be issued by Ohio EPA within 30 to 60 days from the close of the application.

To learn more please review the Lead Service Line Inventory and Mapping Grant Application and Guidelines below:

If you have any questions or need assistance please reach out to Ohio EPA by e-mail at DDAGW.Grants@epa.ohio.gov.

Questions?

Applicants may contact Ohio EPA staff members with questions throughout the grant process. Please email any questions to DDAGW.Grants@epa.ohio.gov

Resources 

Drinking Water Assistance Fund

Drinking Water Assistance Fund

The Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF) includes the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA), Source Water Assessment and Protection program, and technical assistance through the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP).

Loan documents, forms and instructions (including HAB nomination forms) can be found on the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance webpage.

The WSRLA provides financial assistance for the planning, design and construction of improvements to community water systems and non-profit, non-community public water systems. Below-market interest rates are offered for public health or compliance related infrastructure improvements to public water systems. The pre-application deadline is March 1.

The Disadvantaged Community Loan Program (DCLP) is a sub-section of the WSRLA program. The DCLP provides funding assistance to drinking water systems in need of design, planning, and construction improvements. To qualify for assistance, the system must have documented public health issues and have an annual water and sewer rate (cost per household), which is disproportionately high compared to the median household income of the service area. The application deadline is March 1.

Drinking Water Emergency Loan Fund

Purpose 

The Drinking Water Emergency Loan Fund (DWELF) provides emergency loans to public water systems for remediation of a threat of contamination, which means anything that prevents a public water system from supplying adequate quantities of safe, potable water to existing users. Any Ohio public water system with a valid license to operate (LTO)  that is able to document a threat of contamination  is eligible to apply.

Financial Assistance 

Each state fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) the DWELF may finance $200,000, interest free, to public water systems. A maximum of $25,000 may be loaned out to the owner or operator of any single pubic water system. The owner or operator receiving the loan is required to repay the loan within 12-months. 

Prioritization of Loans

Loans are processed on a first come, first served basis. Because DWELF 

Resources

Asset Management

The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 6109.24 requires all public water systems to implement an asset management program by Oct. 1, 2018. The Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745-87 are the Asset Management Program rules that outline what is required to be in a public water system's program.  

To help water systems implement these requirements, Ohio EPA is offering interest-free Asset Management Planning loans. Nominations for these loans will be accepted at any time. read more...

Training

Resources

Small Water System Financing Workshop

The following presentations were given by Glenn Barnes from the Environmental Finance Center Network: