Ohio EPA Director Gets Ability to Issue Orders to Public Water Systems

A key piece of House Bill 197, the Ohio General Assembly emergency legislation passed on Wednesday in response to the coronavirus outbreak, provides the Director of the Ohio EPA (OEPA) the ability to issue orders to all public water systems to ensure access to water while Governor DeWine’s stay at home executive order stands. 

 

The Ohio EPA Director can issue an order to require public water systems to restore service to any disconnected customers, waive connection fees, and prohibit water disconnections due to nonpayment. 

 

This expands upon a recent Public Utilities Commission of Ohio order by ensuring that all water systems continue to provide water service to homes and businesses during the coronavirus outbreak. 

 

The bill now heads to Governor DeWine for his signature.