Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson announced last week that two dozen communities will receive a total of $9 million in H2Ohio funding for projects to improve the quality of drinking water and to repair or replace aging water, wastewater, and sewage infrastructure.
“These projects will improve the quality of life for thousands of Ohioans by giving them reliable access to clean water and by addressing failing wastewater and home sewage treatment systems which are also a threat to public health and the environment,” said Governor DeWine. “All of our communities deserve to have strong water infrastructure, and I am committed to helping our local partners with these costly improvement projects.”
According to the state, the village of West Union will receive $1 Million from the H2Ohio program. The project that will eliminate the septic systems for approximately 60 homes and businesses and bring them into the West Union sewer system. The home systems servicing the Panhandle region are in poor and failing condition and are creating unsanitary conditions in the area.
The $9 million in H2Ohio grant funding announced today is in addition to a new water and sewer program announced by Governor DeWine last week. More details about the new program, which will be funded with $250 million from the American Rescue Plan Act, are forthcoming.
Governor DeWine launched H2Ohio in 2019 as a water quality effort to provide clean and safe water to Ohio. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Ohio Lake Erie Commission each have a significant role in H2Ohio through the natural infrastructure of wetlands, the reduction in nutrient runoff, and the increase in access to clean drinking water and sewer systems. To learn more, visit h2.ohio.gov.