Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)
- DWSRF Rules (PDF)
- DWSRF Project Guide (PDF)
- SRF Project Information by Year
- Forms and Other Documents
About the DWSRF
The 1996 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) included allocations for the DWSRF. The DWSRF program is a State operated program to provide loans and other financial assistance for public drinking water improvement projects. The SDWA requires that states provide 20 percent matching funds to federal dollars, in order to capitalize the DWSRF program. Therefore, every one dollar invested by the State of Maine secures five federal dollars.
The DWSRF provides funding to public water systems throughout Maine to improve or replace water system pipes, treatment plants, storage tanks and sources of water to ensure safe drinking water and provide essential public health protection. Funding for drinking water infrastructure improvement projects are available as low interest loans. Disadvantaged Community Water Systems may receive further assistance through principal forgiveness.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Municipal Bond Bank (MMBB) administer the DWSRF together. The Drinking Water Program is the Lead Administrator and is responsible for project management and technical support, as well as overseeing activities. The MMBB is the Financial Administrator and oversees the loan application process and tracks money to and from the fund.
A portion of the federal grant is set aside each year from the revolving project loan fund and used for non-project activities. Those activities include source water protection programs, technical assistance to small systems, a revolving loan fund for land acquisitions, system planning grants and wellhead protection grants./p>
The 2022 DWSRF will distribute funds from several Federal Grants which will be added to the Base DWSRF Capitalization Grant. The Maine DWSRF 2022 Draft Primary and Backup Lists are funded by the following sources:
|2022 DWSRF Capitalization Grant (estimate)||$7,100,000|
|2022 DWSRF Supplemental Capitalization Grant
added by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)
|2022 DWSRF State Match (estimate)||$3,215,500|
|American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds||$8,000,000|
|DWSRF Loan Repayment Funds||$20,503,000|
|2022 DWSRF Emerging Contaminant (EC) Capitalization
Grant added by BIL
The Maine Drinking Water Program has an approved method for equitably distributing these funds. Our process includes the determination of the distribution of subsidies (grants). We are using the following process:
- Receive and Rank Applications
- Determine which projects serve “Disadvantaged Communities”
- Determine target amounts of subsidies to be distributed.
1. Base Capitalization Grant 30% Approximately 2. Supplemental Capitalization Grant 49% Exactly 3. ARPA 100% Exactly 4. EC Capitalization Grant 100% Exactly (25% to populations < 25,000)
- Distribute Capitalization Grant Subsidies to PWS Projects including Disadvantaged Communities using the multi-tiered criteria based on Median Household Income (MHI) & annual water bill as a percentage of MHI.
Projects on the Backup List to progress design and other preconstruction tasks 0-6% PWS which serve Non Disadvantaged Communities 10% MHI < $58,924 or Ave. Annual Water Bill/MHI =/> 0.8% 20% MHI < $58,924 + Average Annual Water Bill / MHI > 0.8, < 1.3 30% MHI < $58,924 + Average Annual Water Bill / MHI > 1.3, < 2.0 45% MHI < $58,924 + Average Annual Water Bill / MHI > 2.0 60%
2011 Drinking Water Construction Project Report with funding from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (pdf)
2010 Drinking Water Construction Project Report with funding from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. (pdf)