December 07, 2021

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced today that more than $109 million will be awarded to help fund critical water projects in all of Ohio’s 88 counties as part of the third and final round of grants awarded through the new Ohio BUILDS water infrastructure grant program. The $109 million in third-round funding will go toward supporting 101 drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects impacting 106 communities. In total, approximately $250 million in Ohio BUILDS grant funding is going toward 183 critical water infrastructure projects across the state.  

Stateline area communities receiving fundung include –

Celina (Mercer County) will receive a $680,000 grant for to replace existing aging and failing waterlines, install new water valves and fire hydrants, replace existing water services up to the right-of-way line. If lead water service lines that go to a residence are discovered, the city will assist the homeowner in coordinating their replacement. These replacements will provide residents of the project area with a safe and reliable water distribution system. The additional fire flow capabilities will allow more effective fire suppression. This project will benefit 10,425 people.

Minster (Auglaize and Shelby counties) will receive a $2.5 million grant to construct a 1.25-million-gallon elevated water storage tank to replace the existing 250,000-gallon Ohio Street water storage tank which has reached the end of its useful life and is in poor condition. A larger tank is necessary in order to meet the pressure, water age, and fire flow needs within the village. The new elevated tank will be located off of Seventh Street, which is close to the existing Ohio Street tank. This new storage tank will increase the total storage volume within the village system to 2 million gallons and will provide for daily flow, emergency reserve, fire flow, and allow growth within the village. This project will benefit 2,850 people.

Greenville (Darke County) will receive a $1.44 million grant to install a new transmission water main
from the city’s water treatment plant to serve the city’s water system on the south side of town. This
project will replace two existing transmission mains that were installed in 1893 and have greatly exceeded their useful life. In addition to age, the existing cast iron mains run through private property so access for maintenance is challenging. The southernmost existing main is currently exposed where it crosses Greenville Creek, which increases the risk of failure of the main and potential contamination. Upgrading the transmission main will be crucial to provide reliable and a safe water supply to the south side of the city. This project will benefit 19,507 people.

Van Wert (Van Wert) will receive a $594,365 grant to replace 2,700 feet water main along Woodland
Avenue between Parkview Drive and Lynn Street. The current water main is beyond its useful life and deteriorated. The condition of the existing line has been exposed through frequent breaks in recent years. New services will be provided to all residences along the project route. This project will benefit 320 people.

Wastewater Infrastructure Projects
Allen County will receive a $217,500 grant to cover the planning and engineering design for a project
that will provide sanitary sewer service to 40 property owners who currently have inadequate and failing home sewage treatment systems in the Hamlet of Hume, located in Shawnee Township. This project will benefit 120 people.

Botkins (Shelby County) will receive a $80,000 grant to cover the planning and engineering design for a
project that will add a third sequential batch reactor to the village’s wastewater treatment facility. This upgrade serves a dual purpose for the village. Initially, the tank will be used for equalization, which will allow more consistent flow, treatment of wastewater and maintenance of the overall facility. As the village continues to grow residentially and industrially, the wastewater treatment needs will grow as well, and these upgrades will help serve this growth. This project will benefit 1,124 people.

Governor DeWine –

“Clean drinking water is part of the foundation for a good quality of life, yet too many communities in Ohio can’t reliably provide residents with this basic necessity due to crumbling infrastructure has been too expensive to fix. My administration is committed to helping our communities address these important water issues, and we look forward to additional conversations with the Ohio General Assembly about the potential of expanding this program with additional funds.”

The Ohio BUILDS water infrastructure grant program, announced by Governor DeWine in October, was funded by the Ohio General Assembly as part of House Bill 168, sponsored by State Representatives Mark Fraizer (R-Newark) and Mike Loychik (R-Bazetta), with funding that was appropriated through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Lt. Governor Husted

“Governor DeWine and I have made water quality and protecting our natural resources in Ohio a priority, and it is great to see the legislature prioritizing it as well. Water quality isn’t just about protecting our health, it’s also about our quality of life and our economic future.”

Since applications for the program opened in late July, the Ohio Department of Development received more than 1,200 grant applications requesting nearly $1.4 billion in funding.

Lydia Mihalik, director of Development

“As evidenced in the number of applications submitted, the need for these projects is great. We are committed to working with the Ohio legislature to fund additional projects through the program.”

Governor DeWine created the Ohio BUILDS water infrastructure grant program to reduce or eliminate the local financial burden associated with critical infrastructure needs, such as the construction of new water systems, the replacement of aging water lines, and the installation new water mains. Grants are also funding projects to prevent sewer system backups and replace failing household sewage treatment systems with new sewers.

The Ohio BUILDS water infrastructure grants are a continuation of Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative, which launched in 2019 to focus on ensuring plentiful, clean, and safe water for communities across the state. H2Ohio focuses on strategies to reduce algal blooms on Lake Erie and other bodies of water but has also awarded $15 million in grants for water infrastructure projects.

Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson

“Many Ohio communities need this assistance to help their water and wastewater infrastructure projects move forward. The grants announced today will make a difference in our communities and in the lives of Ohioans.”

In addition to water infrastructure, Ohio BUILDS (Broadband, Utilities, and Infrastructure for Local Development Success) also focuses on supporting other targeted solutions that impact quality of life, such as broadband expansion, brownfield redevelopment, the demolition of blighted buildings, and more.