Lead Plumbing Fixture Replacement Assistance Grant Program - Round 2

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Overview

The Lead Plumbing Fixture Replacement Assistance Grant Program was established in HB 390 to provide $12,000,000 in funding to eligible schools to reimburse for the sampling and replacement of drinking fountains, water coolers, plumbing fixtures, and limited connected piping. Schools built before 1990 can apply for reimbursement up to $15,000 for sampling of eligible fixtures and the material costs to replace those fixtures if they are identified as being over the federal action level for lead. The program is open to traditional public schools, community schools, and chartered non-public schools. The program and associated funds are not designed to reimburse for any types of whole-school plumbing assessments, post-testing, or any other services outside the program guidelines. For further information, email grants.info@ofcc.ohio.gov.

Important Reminders

  1. Drinking water assessments must be performed by a commercial laboratory certified by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) and consistent with OEPA’s guidelines. Click here for a current list of laboratories.
  2. Services performed by environmental consultants, county health departments or other providers are NOT reimbursable under this program.
  3. The program and associated funds are not designed to reimburse for any types of whole-school plumbing assessments, post-testing or any other services outside the program guidelines.


HB 390 was signed on June 28, 2016 and went into effect 90 days later. Reimbursements cannot be made until after the bill's effective date. Guidelines for the program were approved in July 2016. Please check back for updates.

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For School Administrators

School administrators will receive a personalized link via email from the Commission with further instructions on the web-based grant application. 

Eligibility Exclusions

Please review the grant eligibility before applying for grant reimbursement.

Water fountains/coolers that have been previously recalled are not eligible for reimbursement. A master list of recalled water fountains/coolers is available in Appendix E of the U.S. EPA "3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools" Technical Guidance toolkit. The state will not reimburse fixtures found on this list.

Additionally, services performed by environmental consultants, county health departments or other providers are NOT reimbursable under this program. The program and associated funds are also not designed to reimburse for any types of whole-school plumbing assessments, post-testing or any other services outside the program guidelines.