In a report published in 2013, the Ohio Department of Health estimated that 31% of Ohio’s septic systems were experiencing failure to some degree. The state has since put into place regulations requiring most septic systems to have a service agreement with an approved septic provider. The goal of these regulations is to help combat the environmental risks associated with septic failure.
When it costs an average of $13,000 to replace a failing septic system, the financial burden can be more than some homeowners can bear. To help homeowners overcome this burden, the Ohio EPA and the Ohio Water Development Authority established the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund. The WPCLF provides financial assistance to income-eligible homeowners to help cover the cost of repairing or replacing failing septic systems.
Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) Grants
Established in 2016, the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund provides financial assistance to communities in order to protect or improve the quality of Ohio’s water. Through a principal forgiveness loan program, the WPCLF provides funds to local health departments and districts specifically for the purpose of upgrading or replacing failing septic systems. The ultimate goal of the WPCLF is to ensure every septic system in the state of Ohio is in proper functioning order. In 2019, the WPCLF provided more than $10.1 million across 71 of Ohio’s counties to repair 18 and replace 161 failing septic systems. In addition to this, funding was provided to do soil evaluations surrounding failing systems and provide lateral connections to public sewage treatment facilities, where available.
Who Qualifies for Ohio Septic Grant Monies
In order to qualify for this program, each local health department or district must apply for funding directly from the WPCLF. Once the funding has been provided to the individual county health departments, residents apply to the health departments for these funds, which are granted 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%|
To learn what WPCLF funding is available in your county or district, contact your local health department.
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