Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Ohio’s communities rely on clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure to protect public health; however, some people still don’t have access to good, quality drinking water or sewer systems. H2Ohio will help ensure clean water by:
- Funding water infrastructure projects in disadvantaged communities to provide safe drinking water and sewer services;
- Fixing or replacing hundreds of failing home sewage treatment systems in low-income areas;
- Replacing lead pipes and fixtures at high-risk daycares and schools;
- Increasing water quality monitoring across the state.
Funding Water Infrastructure Projects
Ohio EPA will fund infrastructure projects in small, disadvantaged communities to increase access to safe drinking water and sewer services. An initial $3.5 million in H2Ohio funding will be disbursed to “shovel ready” projects. The Agency has identified small community projects in Northeast and Southeast Ohio, with more projects to come.
Addressing Failing Home Sewage Treatment Systems
Ohio EPA will use $2.5 million from H2Ohio to fund replacement of 250-300 failing home sewage treatment systems for low-income households. Since 2016, Ohio EPA has paid nearly $30 million and replaced more than 2,000 failing home sewage treatment systems.
Adding Water Quality Monitors
Ohio EPA has a statutory obligation (6111.03) that requires the Agency to conduct a study of nutrient mass balance for both point and nonpoint sources every two years. To begin fulfilling this requirement the agency published the Nutrient Mass Balance Study for Ohio’s Major Rivers report in 2016 and 2018. The combined areas of the watersheds included in the 2018 report were nearly 23,000 square miles or 66% of Ohio’s watersheds.
H2Ohio will expand nutrient monitoring of three additional watersheds: the Little Miami, the East Fork Little Miami, and Hocking rivers. Streamflow has been measured at these pour points for watersheds for several decades, so H2Ohio dollars will provide USGS $186,000 to purchase and install new nutrient monitoring equipment and $297,000 for monitoring and maintenance through the current state budget.
With the addition of these watersheds, nearly 3,000 square miles will be added to the nutrient mass balance covered area. This will increase the coverage of the mass balance study to greater than 72.59% of Ohio’s watersheds.