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Pickaway and Ross Counties to Participate in Comprehensive Water Study


COLUMBUS, OH (April 4, 2024) – The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), is embarking on a significant water study spanning 15 counties in central Ohio. This initiative aims to gather crucial data that will inform decisions regarding future growth and economic development in the region.

Governor DeWine emphasized the importance of Ohio’s ability to provide clean, reliable water, stating, “Ohio’s ability to provide clean, reliable water is what sets us apart and allows our state to bring in opportunities for economic growth.” The study seeks to provide valuable insights to support Ohio’s growth and ensure reliable water resources for all residents.

The comprehensive study will focus on quantifying regional water use and demand for irrigation, safe drinking water, and industrial purposes. It will assess current utility capacity for drinking and wastewater, as well as aquifer reservoir capacity. Additionally, the study will offer county-specific projections to guide decisions regarding the location of new or upgraded utilities, water reuse initiatives, and regionalization opportunities.

Director Anne Vogel of the Ohio EPA highlighted the significance of access to clean water for economic development, emphasizing its role in providing job opportunities while ensuring access to clean water for daily use.

The study will involve 15 counties, including Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Hocking, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Perry, Pickaway, Ross, and Union.

Hazen & Sawyer has been selected to lead the study due to their expertise in the region and technical proficiency. The study, scheduled for completion by December 2024, has garnered enthusiasm from utilities and communities in the area eager to contribute to more efficient water resource management.

Executive Director William Murdock of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission stressed the importance of sustainable growth amid the region’s economic expansion. Similarly, Ohio Department of Development Director Lydia Mihalik emphasized the strategic significance of the study in equipping communities with the necessary infrastructure for continued economic growth.

Participating entities, including the City of Columbus and Del-Co Water, expressed their readiness to engage in the study, recognizing its critical role in addressing central Ohio’s future water needs and supporting economic development initiatives.

Pat Tiberi, President and CEO of the Ohio Business Roundtable, underscored the study’s importance in planning for future innovation and economic growth in central Ohio.