Governor DeWine Announces Millions in Support for Critical Water Infrastructure Projects

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Development Director Lydia Mihalik today announced $122.7 million in grant awards to help improve water infrastructure in 59 counties. 

The funding is part of the sixth round of the Ohio BUILDS (Broadband, Utilities, and Infrastructure for Local Development Success) Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program. Funding will provide $84.5 million in support of 43 new critical infrastructure projects and $38.2 million in gap funding for 33 previously funded projects with costs that exceeded initial estimates.

Since 2021, the Ohio BUILDS Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program has provided a total of nearly $620 million to support hundreds of local water projects in all of Ohio’s 88 counties.

“The investments we’ve made through this program have been transformational in many Ohio communities,” said Governor DeWine. “The projects we’re funding are about more than new pipes – they’re about protecting the health and wellbeing of Ohioans across the state.”

The grants announced today will help reduce or eliminate the financial burden community leaders face in addressing critical infrastructure needs such as new water distribution systems, waterline extensions, water tower replacements, and new pipes and water mains. Grants will also fund projects to replace sanitary sewer systems, prevent sewer system backups, and extend sewer lines to support economic growth. 

“Investments in our communities’ infrastructure are key to expanding sites for new businesses and housing that the people who work at these businesses will need to live and thrive,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “This program is a key part of our efforts to ensure every community has the foundation in place to improve the quality of life to make Ohio a great place to live, work, and raise a family.” 


DETAILS: Ohio BUILDS Water Infrastructure Project Summaries 


American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds were appropriated by the Ohio General Assembly and awarded through three rounds inOctober,November, andDecember2021, as well as rounds inJuneandJuly2023. The sixth round of funding was made possible through continued support from the Ohio General Assembly in the current operating budget. The Department of Development administers the program.   

The program received 703 grant applications for this round, requesting more than $1.4 billion in funding, demonstrating the continued need for water infrastructure improvements across the state. 

“Whenever I travel the state, I’m inevitably greeted by Ohioans who share the transformative impact water/wastewater projects have had on their communities,” said Director Mihalik. “But our work is far from over, and thanks to Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted, and our partners in the Ohio General Assembly, we have the opportunity to create sustainable solutions in even more parts of the state.” 

In addition to water infrastructure upgrades, Ohio BUILDS strategically invests in a broad range of projects to improve quality of life and support economic growth, such as broadband expansion, brownfield redevelopment, the demolition of blighted buildings, and more. 


Information courtesy of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Lt. Governor Jon Husted