EPA awards $724,500 to state of Ohio to protect public drinking water systems



The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $724,500 to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to carry out its public water supply supervision program. The funding will help protect 4,467 public water systems in Ohio serving nearly 11 million people daily. This is the second installment of an award totaling $1.2 million to Ohio in 2019.

“EPA is committed to partnering with state agencies on investments in clean water,” said Regional Administrator Cathy Stepp. “This funding will help the state of Ohio ensure its communities have access to safe and clean drinking water.”

This funding will allow Ohio EPA to conduct regular sanitary surveys of public water systems, provide technical assistance to public water system managers and operators, ensure public water systems regularly inform their consumers about their systems’ water quality, and administer an enforcement program that ensures public water systems comply with all applicable requirements.

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