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DEFA Financial Assistance

The Office of Financial Assistance, together with the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA), administers two state revolving loan funds (SRFs) in Ohio: the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) and the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA). 

The WPCLF program, Ohio's Clean Water SRF, began in 1988 and finances a variety of projects that have a water quality benefit at their core.  We provide financial and technical assistance to public or private applicants for planning, design and construction of a wide variety of projects to protect or improve the quality of Ohio's water resources. With assistance from OWDA, we administer this program designed to operate in perpetuity, and to assist Ohio's communities and citizens with their water resource protection and restoration projects.  

The WSRLA program, Ohio's Drinking Water SRF, is part of the larger Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF).  Beginning in 1998, its focus is to address human health and failing water treatment and supply needs of private and public entities. Together with the Division of Drinking and Ground Waters and OWDA, we jointly administer the WSRLA program. We provide financial assistance for the planning, design and construction of improvements to community water systems and non-profit, non-community public water systems.  

Under both programs, we provide specialized assistance to small and hardship communities. 

Eligible projects include new drinking water or wastewater infrastructure construction and existing system upgrades, aquatic habitat restoration, home sewage treatment system improvements and storm water improvements.