Clean Water

Joe is especially passionate about clean and safe water, and has been working hard to address these issues in the Valley. Ohio can't just dump chemicals into our water and call it safe. We need to invest in repairing and replacing crumbling water systems so they don't harm our water in the first place.

Joe is especially passionate about clean and safe water, and has been working hard to address these issues in the Valley. Ohio can’t just dump chemicals into our water and call it safe. We need to invest in repairing and replacing crumbling water systems so they don’t harm our water in the first place.

For several years, Joe has been fighting for his resolution, SJR 4 (previously SJR 3), which would use bond money to fix and replace crumbling underground water infrastructure. This bill would NOT raise taxes. It has earned bipartisan support from some of Joe’s Republican colleagues.

He has also been working to prevent illegal brine dumping in our waterways by increasing penalties for those who commit such crimes.

Joe has even joined forces with US Senator Sherrod Brown to fight for water infrastructure at a state and national level.

Joe will continue to fight for these bills and policies like them until Ohio treats our water systems as a priority.

In 2015, the village of Sebring in Joe’s district learned that the city had failed to properly notify residents of potentially harmful lead levels in their water. Joe worked closely with community leaders to understand the factors leading up to this issue. He then introduced legislation to make sure Ohio residents are always alerted to potential dangers in their water.

This water crisis pushed Joe to fight even harder for his bill to fix Ohio’s water systems, and support for the bill has been growing. Last year, the Dayton City Commission publicly endorsed the bill and urged the state to pass it.

This year, in addition to reintroducing SJR 4 and the bill to ban illegal brine dumping, Joe also introduced a bill to create a new funding stream for green tech projects such as water system repairs. Ohio leaders need to take the issue of clean water seriously.

Joe has been traveling the state speaking to experts about Ohio’s water issues. He recently went out with a scientist from the Ohio Seagrant Program to see the Lake Erie algal bloom in person and ask questions about how we can address this growing issue.

As governor, Joe will make sure this issue is a state priority. He will fight to keep Ohio’s water safe, clean, and protected for future generations.