Water infrastructure improvement projects remain high on the national priority list. On May 8, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $2.6 billion in new funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) programs. The funds are meant to assist states with water system improvements that are also protective of human health and the environment.
About the Funding
The EPA estimates that our country’s current drinking water and wastewater infrastructure systems need more than $743 billion in improvements. The new funding includes allocating $1.6 billion to the CWSRF for things like upgrading outdated wastewater systems, addressing stormwater issues, and implementing water and wastewater recycling programs. An additional $1 billion will go to the DWSRF to improve drinking water systems by removing aging water lines and installing treatment systems for contaminants like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Funding for both revolving fund programs has also been allocated for tribes, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The funds can also be combined with loans from EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) to boost financing for large projects.
You can review the types of eligible CWSRF projects here and DWSRF projects here. Contact our water resource experts to learn what this might mean for funding opportunities in your respective EPA region!
Tammy Reed, P.E., Senior Engineer