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Clean Water State Revolving Fund

Recommendation

Provide $1.45 billion in funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for Fiscal Year 2017.

Background

Established in 1987, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) is a state-federal partnership that provides low-interest loans to communities for the construction of municipal wastewater facilities, stormwater management projects, and other water quality projects including all forms of water reuse.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency distributes annual funding to the states who contribute an additional 20% of the federal funds. The states provide low-interest loans to publicly-owned utilities as well as privately owned water reuse facilities. Loan repayments return to the fund and are then available to support new projects, hence the revolving nature of the program. States also have the option of leveraging federal dollars further by issuing bonds to provide additional resources to fund projects.

Benefits

  • Communities can leverage federal funding to finance needed water infrastructure. Through the 20% match and bond issuances, the state CWSRF programs have committed approximately $2.70 to projects for every federal dollar received through capitalization grants.
  • Low-interest loans create a recurring source of funding for critical infrastructure.

Funding Position

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