Water & Wastewater Funding Opportunities
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Drinking Water State Revolving Funds can be used for infrastructure improvements in drinking water systems. The DWSRF emphasizes funding to small and economically disadvantaged communities and other programs that promote safe drinking water.
Six categories of projects are eligible to receive DWSRF assistance:
Treatment: Projects to install or upgrade facilities to improve drinking water quality to comply with SDWA regulations
Transmission and Distribution: Rehabilitation, replacement, or installation of pipes to improve water pressure to safe levels or to prevent contamination caused by leaky or broken pipes
Source: Rehabilitation of wells or development of eligible sources to replace contaminated sources
Storage: Installation or upgrade of finished water storage tanks to prevent microbiological contamination from entering the distribution system
Consolidation: Interconnecting two or more water systems
Creation of New Systems: Construction of a new system to serve homes with contaminated individual wells, or consolidation of existing systems into a new regional water system
Clean Water State Revolving Funds can be used for water quality protection projects for centralized and decentralized wastewater treatment, nonpoint source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management. The CWSRF uses federal, state, and other program funds to provide low-interest loans to communities for water quality projects.
Eleven types of projects are eligible to receive CWSRF assistance:
CWSRF funding for public, private, and nonprofit entities:
National Estuary Program Projects: Development and implementation of a conservation and management plan
Nonpoint Source: Implementation a state nonpoint source pollution management program
Stormwater: Measures to manage, reduce, treat, or recapture stormwater or subsurface drainage water
Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems: Construction, repair, or replacement of decentralized wastewater treatment systems that treat municipal wastewater or domestic sewage
Watershed Pilot Projects: Development and implementation of watershed projects
Security Measures at Publicly Owned Treatment Works: Measures to increase the security of publicly owned treatment works
Water Reuse: Projects for reusing or recycling wastewater, stormwater, or subsurface drainage water
CWSRF funding formunicipalities or inter-municipal, interstate, or state agencies:
Water Conservation, Efficiency, and Reuse: Measures to reduce the demand for publicly owned treatment works capacity through water conservation, efficiency, or reuse
Construction of Publicly Owned Treatment Works: Construction of publicly owned treatment works
Energy Efficiency: Measures to reduce the energy consumption needs for publicly owned treatment works
Technical Assistance: Provide technical assistance to owners and operators of small and medium sized publicly owned treatment works to plan, develop, and obtain financing for CWSRF eligible projects and to assist each treatment works in achieving compliance with the CWA
CWSRF funding for qualified nonprofit entities only:
Rural Utilities Service Water & Environmental Programs (WEP)2
WEP provides funding for the construction of water and waste facilities in rural communities and also provides funding to organizations that provide technical assistance and training to rural communities in relation to their water and waste activities. WEP is administered through National Office staff in Washington, DC, and a network of field staff in each State.
Emergency Community Water Assistance GrantsHelps eligible communities prepare for, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water for households and businesses.
Emergencies include drought or flood; earthquake; tornado; hurricane; disease outbreak; chemical spill, leak, or seepage; or other disasters
Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant ProgramProvides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.
This program assists qualified applicants that are not otherwise able to obtain commercial credit on reasonable terms.
Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program Funds may be used to finance the acquisition, construction, or improvement of the following:
Drinking water sourcing, treatment, storage, & distributionSewer collection, transmission, treatment, & disposalSolid waste collection, disposal, & closureStormwater collection, transmission, & disposal
Water & Waste Disposal Predevelopment Planning GrantsAssists low-income communities with initial planning and development of an application for USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal direct loan/grant and loan guarantee programs
Grants may be used to pay part of the costs of developing a complete application for USDA Rural Development Water & Waste Disposal direct loan/grant and loan guarantee programs.
Provides communities with resources to address a wide range of community development needs.3
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are generally used for long-term community needs, including mitigation. Utilities can use these grants to buy, construct, or fix public facilities such as water and sewer systems. They can also match FEMA grants. Grantees may fund activities that meet urgent community development needs.
CDBG funds may be used for many different activities, including the following:
Construction or reconstruction of water and sewer facilities, streets, and other public worksRelocation and demolitionRehabilitation of public and private buildingsPlanning activitiesActivities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources
Regional funding opportunities4
Public Works Program
EDAs Public Works Program helps distressed communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure. This program enables communities to attract new industry, encourage business expansion, diversify local economies, and generate or retain long-term, private-sector jobs and investment through the acquisition or development of land and infrastructure improvements needed for the successful establishment or expansion of industrial or commercial enterprises.
EDA invests in public works projects, including water and sewer systems improvements, that meet the following criteria:
The projects demonstrated alignment with at least one of EDAs current investment priorities The projects potential to promote job creation and private investment in the regional economyThe likelihood that the project will achieve its projected outcomesAbility of the applicant to successfully implement the proposed project, including financial and management