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.

H2Ohio Funding for Failing Septic Systems

Update on H2Ohio, Water drop on leaf

While the H2Ohio funds have specifically been earmarked for seven counties within the Maumee River Watershed and Lake Erie Tributaries, statewide assistance for tackling failing septic systems is also available through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF).

H2Ohio Offers Farming Grants to Help Combat Algae Blooms

For the past twenty years, Ohio has been dealing with a growing water contamination problem caused by algae blooms, leading to the creation of the Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorous Task Force in 2007 and culminating in the Toledo Water Crisis of 2014. Since then, the state has taken a serious look at what is causing the algae blooms plaguing our water supply and have found agricultural runoff to be the biggest contributing factor.

H2Ohio Initiative Update

Green leaf with water droplet representing H2Ohio Initiative

March 2019, Governor Mike DeWine called for, as part of his budget, the creation of an H2Ohio Initiative that would funnel $900 million over the next ten years into improving Ohio’s water quality.