Water and Sewer Infrastructure 

Modernizing Ohio's Water Infrastructure for the 21st Century

GOPC is in the midst of a multi-year project on Ohio’s water and sewer infrastructure. We endeavor to turn our state’s abundant supply of water, perhaps its greatest natural asset, into a comparative advantage by equipping our water and sewer systems with the best and most innovative financing options while also exploring the benefits of “green” approaches to storm water control such as reusing vacant properties, providing cleaner water and air, decreasing urban heat indexes, and helping to revitalize communities. In our Phase I Gap Assessment report, we discussed the many challenges facing Ohio’s cities as they try to upgrade water and sewer systems. In the second phase of our project, we are identifying best practices from case studies across the nation and making recommendations informed by our research on how to finance water infrastructure upgrades. Click here for a brief Phase II project description.

January 2017 - Cincinnati Enquirer publishes GOPC op-ed:
"Here's how to, and how not to, rebuild America" By GOPC Senior Policy Fellow Jon Honeck

Strengthening Ohio’s Water Infrastructure: Financing and Policy
: GOPC explores how state leadership can promote new ways of doing business in the water utility sector that can increase long-run financial sustainability.

Go here to access our Memo on Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Control

GOPC has been a leading voice on water infrastructure and water quality issues for the past several years. In this April 2016 op-ed in the Toledo Blade, op-ed column in The Toledo Blade, GOPC notes that solutions require innovative public-private financing mechanisms to upgrade existing infrastructure and to implement new “green infrastructure” techniques to improve storm-water control and filtration. Also, we need to commit to managing water quality issues across an entire watershed rather than relying on local solutions.

**We update this page regularly with the latest news and resources.** Updated July 2017:

We have collected some additional Resources that may be helpful:

Lead in Water Supply Pipes

Water Quality in Lake Erie

  • Toxic algae and Toledo’s water crisis of August, 2014
  • Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario sign an accord to lower phosphorous levels in the lake by 40 percent

Combined Sewer Overflows and EPA consent decrees


Diagram of Combined Sewer Overflow


         Source: Seattle Public Utilities.