City of Tiffin offering grants to remove downspouts connected to sewers

Grants to fund 100 percent of construction costs

TIFFIN, Ohio – Jan. 25, 2022 – In order to better prevent flooding and to maintain compliance with state-mandated orders, the City of Tiffin has created the Clean Water Grant Program to help residents with costs associated with having downspouts connected to the city sewers removed. The grant program was approved by Tiffin City Council in November 2021, and the first projects will begin soon.

Per the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency mandated Long Term Control Plan, the City of Tiffin will be completing several phased projects throughout the City to reduce the storm water flow from the sanitary and combined sewer systems. These projects are vital to reduce the number of flooding events and basement backups during heavy rain events. Among the steps being taken is having residents remove any downspouts connected to these systems.

To keep costs from being incurred by property owners, Tiffin City Council approved Ordinance 21-94, which established the Clean Water Grant Program. This program provides grants for 100 percent of the construction cost up to a total of $1,000 for removing clean water connections from the sanitary sewer.

City Administrator Dale Thornton asked for residents to be on the lookout for notices regarding their properties: “It’s incredibly important that these projects be completed so that we can keep our waterways safe, reduce the risk of potential damage to homes from overflow events and assist residents with the expense incurred in complying with these Ohio EPA requirements. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation with this effort.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Although the City of Tiffin is being forced to comply with these mandates from the EPA, we didn’t want to create a burden for our property owners. I’m glad that Tiffin City Council has approved the creation of this program and the work being done at the Water Pollution Control Center, Engineer’s Office and Public Works.”

To apply for the program, property owners need to contact the Water Pollution Control Center at (419) 448-5440 or email at watertreatment@tiffinohio.gov.