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2023 Revised Draft Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF) Program Management Plan (PMP)

A revised draft PMP is available for review and comment. Two public hearings will be held online and in-person on December 13, 2022 at 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM at Ohio EPA Central Office, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 700, Conference Room A (Autumn), Columbus Ohio. Written comments may be submitted via email to defamail@epa.ohio.gov.  All comments must be received by Ohio EPA no later than close of business on Tuesday December 13, 2022.

To attend the hearings online registration is required at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2934157156850665996 or https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5594017621440890640

The revised draft PMP describes how Ohio EPA proposes to distribute funds, administer the program, and prioritize projects during Program Year 2023. Project nominations for emerging contaminants and lead service line funding were incorporated into the revised draft PMP.

If you have questions regarding the revised draft PMP or the Drinking Water Assistance Fund program, please contact the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance at 614-644-2798 or via email at: defamail@epa.ohio.gov.

Clean Watersheds Needs Survey Responses Due!

The Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) is collecting data from communities and sewer systems as part of U.S. EPA's Clean Watersheds Needs Survey (CWNS). The CWNS identifies wastewater and water quality infrastructure needs across the nation. The survey is vitally important as it can influence the funding allocated to states for water quality improvements. We need your help to provide information so your community's needs can be counted!

What to expect:
DEFA staff will send out survey emails based on population served. Small Communities and systems (less than 10,000 served) will receive an email from CWNS@epa.ohio.gov . The email will provide a link to submit an online form. Instructional videos and guidance on completing the form is available online https://www.epa.gov/cwns/cwns-small-community-form For communities and systems with a service population greater than 10,000, a fillable survey form will be sent via email with instructions for submitting supporting documentation of future needs (e.g., CIP, PER, etc.).

What is the deadline:
Survey responses are due by Oct. 28, 2022 for small communities and November 18, 2022 for large communities.

Who to contact with questions:
For questions with the survey forms or document submittal, please contact us at CWNS@epa.ohio.gov.

For general information and CWNS resources visit https://www.epa.gov/cwnsAbout.

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.

Documents Available for Review and Comment

WPCLF Documents for Review and Comment

For questions or to provide comments, please contact the person listed on the last page of the document.

Project Comments Due Review Only
City of Akron, Summit County, Lower NSI Lining   X
City of Eastlake, Lake County, Waverly Sanitary Relief Sewer Phase 2   X
City of Miamisburg, Montgomery County, Miamisburg Evans Ave   X
City of Akron, Summit County, Sanitary Sewer Reconstruction 2021 Small Diameter Lining   X
City of Columbus, Franklin County, Blueprint Linden Lateral Lining-Agler/Berrell and Oakland Park/Medina   X
Trumbull County, Heaton Chute Sanitary Sewer Improvements Nov. 10, 2022  
City of Columbus, Franklin County, Intermodal Sanitary Subtrunk Extension Phase 1 Nov. 7, 2022  
City of Euclid, Cuyahoga County, WW reaffirmation Euclid   X
Northwestern Water and Sewer District, Hancock County, McComb Sanitary Sewer Improvements Phase 2   X
City of Steubenville, Jefferson County, CSO 6 and 7 Closure Project   X

WSRLA Documents for Review and Comment

For questions or to provide comments, please contact the person listed on the last page of the document.

Project Comments Due Review Only
City of Columbus, Franklin County, Manchester Avenue Water Line Improvements   X
City of Columbus, Franklin County, Roswell Drive Area Water Line Improvements   X
Village of Hamler, Henry County, Water Tower and Distribution System Improvements   X
Noble Water Company, Noble County, Water Meter Upgrade   X
City of Akron, Summit County, University of Akron Water Main Rehabilitation 2023   X
City of Norwood, Hamilton County, Water System Improvements Nov. 6, 2022  
Village of Lodi, Medina County, Water System Improvements   X

WRRSP Documents for Review and Comment

For questions or to provide comments, please contact the person listed on the last page of the document.

Project Comments Due Review Only
Appalachia Ohio Alliance, Morrow County, Alum Creek Poston Farm   X
Appalachia Ohio Alliance, Union County, Darby Creek Conservation Smith Lake   X
Appalachia Ohio Alliance, Hocking and Vinton Counties, Bison Hollow 3 - Jones, Stevens & Medford   X
Clermont SWCD, Clermont County, Lower East Fork Little Miami River Stabilization and Restoration   X

Current Interest Rates

Interest Rates

The following interest rates will be in effect in December 2022 20 year term 30 year term*
WPCLF/WSRLA Standard Rate 3.01% 3.16%
WPCLF and WSRLA Small Systems Rate 2.51% 2.66%
WPCLF Hardship Community Rate 1% or 0% 1% or 0%
*30-year term requires a useful life determination of the infrastructure improvements