As we prepare to embark upon a new year, H2Ohio is gearing up with new projects to continue the statewide efforts to clean up our waterways and improve our drinking water quality. Read on to learn about exciting new developments with the H2Ohio Initiative.
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.
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.