Learn about OWDA Drinking Water Assistance Fund Bonds, including Featured News, Key Projects, and The Team.

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DWAF Debt Outstanding as of 12/31/2018
$266.660 Million

About OWDA

The Ohio Water Development Authority's mission is to provide financial assistance for environmental infrastructure from the lending for such purposes to local governments in Ohio, and sale of revenue bonds secured by such loans. The authority consists of eight members, including: five members appointed by the governor each who serve an eight year term, the director of natural resources, the director of environmental projection and the director of development.


About Drinking Water Assistance Fund

Under legislation effective November 26, 1997, The Drinking Water Assistance Fund (DWAF) Program was established in 1998 with federal capitalization grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency to provide funds to public water systems for the cost of facility improvements to meet Safe Drinking Water Act standards.

Since 1998, the DWAF has been awarded nearly $620 million of federal capitalization grants which have been matched with nearly $124 million of State matching funds.

The DWAF has funded 534 projects, with $1.3 billion in loan value to 219 different Governmental Agencies.

Key Projects

Activated Carbon Feed System Improvements at the City of Sandusky WTP

OWDA awarded a $2,071,950 Drinking Water Assistance Fund loan (including planning and design costs) to the City of Sandusky for the installation of a powdered activated carbon feed system and fluorescence equipment. The project is expected to improve reliability, help control algal toxins and remove total organic carbon (TOC) for the control of trihalomethanes at the Big Island Water Works drinking water treatment plant serving the City’s approximately 9,300 customers. The project will replace the City’s undersized carbon system, while providing options for alternate delivery points and feed rates, putting the City in a better position to address future potential issues related to algal toxins.

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City of Bucyrus, New Water Treatment Plant

A new 3 million gallon per day lime softening water treatment plant and finished water transmission main from the water treatment plant to the distribution system has been constructed. The City will demolish the existing water treatment plant and the sludge lagoons after the new plant is constructed.

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The Team

Ken J. Heigel, P.E.

Executive Director

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Todd E. Skruck, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

(614) 466-3079


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