H2Ohio Update: $1.6 Million for Failing Septic Systems
Of the nearly 1 million septic systems throughout the state, the Ohio EPA estimates 31% of those are failing to some degree, potentially contaminating our drinking water by spilling untreated wastewater into nearby wells and waterways. The H2Ohio initiative has already provided funding to address failing septic systems in several Northwest Ohio counties, and recent news indicates 11 more counties throughout the state are now set to receive funds to repair or replace failing septic systems. Read the exciting details below as well as information about additional funding that is available for repairing or replacing failing septic systems throughout the state.
What is the H2Ohio Initiative?
H2Ohio is a clean water initiative launched by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine in 2019. Designed to create funding for “targeted solutions to ensure safe and clean drinking water all across the state of Ohio,” H2Ohio will funnel $900 million into improving Ohio’s water quality before 2029. The initiative provides funding for new technologies that help reduce agricultural nitrate and phosphorous runoff, improving piping infrastructure, creating wetlands, and repairing or replacing failing septic systems. Since its inception, H2Ohio has already had a positive impact. In fact, in their latest water quality report, the Ohio EPA found that 88.2% of our large river miles have achieved full attainment of the federal water quality goals. This is a marked improvement over the state’s previous water quality report. And for the second year running, Lake Erie’s algae blooms are expected to be smaller than we’ve seen in the past ten years.
Funds Allocated for Septic Repair
In July, the Ohio EPA announced H2Ohio would be allocating $1.6 million to be split between 11 counties to help low- to middle-income households repair or replace failing septic systems. This most recent funding is directed toward counties spread throughout the state, including Northeast Ohio’s Lake, Lorain, Wayne, Stark, and Columbiana counties. Each county will receive $150,000 in funding. In its first year, H2Ohio provided $2.5 million to fund the replacement of 250-300 failing septic systems across the state. Ohioans with failing septic systems should contact their local health department to learn more about receiving H2Ohio funding to repair or replace their systems.
Other Funding for Failing Septic Systems
In addition to the funding provided by the H2Ohio initiative, statewide assistance is available for repairing or replacing failing septic systems through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF). This program has distributed more than $42 million within the past five years to replace more than 3,800 failing septic systems. The WPCLF also provides funding for soil evaluations and to establish connections to centralized sanitary sewers, where available.
To qualify, homeowners must apply directly to their local health department and districts. Assistance is provided on a sliding scale based on the HHS poverty guidelines outlined below:
|HHS Poverty Guideline||Percentage of Project Funding Eligibility|
|Less than 100%||100%|
|Between 100% – 200%||85%|
|Between 200% – 300%||50%|
For more information and to apply for WPCLF and H2Ohio assistance, contact your local health department.
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