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Clean Water State Revolving Fund


Provide $2.8 billion in funding for Fiscal Year 2019.


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. Publicly-owned utilities and privately-owned water reuse facilities are eligible for funding.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allocates funding to states who administer the program. States contribute an additional 20% in matching funds and many leverage federal dollars using financing tools, such as bonds, to provide additional funding for projects. Loan repayments are used to support new projects, hence the revolving nature of the program.

Funding History

Budget Year Funding in Billions
2013 $1.3
2014 $1.4
2015 $1.448
2016 $1.393
2017 $1.39
2018 $1.69
Recommendation for 2019 $2.8


  • Communities can leverage federal funding to finance needed water infrastructure.
  • Low-interest loans create a recurring source of funding for critical infrastructure.

FY 2018 Funding Recommendation


To learn more about how the WateReuse Association’s advocacy efforts, visit Advocacy in Action.

Advocacy in Action

  • SRF WIN Act. The WateReuse Association submitted a letter of support for both the Senate and House versions of this bill. (February 1, 2018)
  • Buy America Unintended Consequences: Letter to Department of Interior and U.S. Environmental Agency supporting flexibility in application  of provisions in the Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American (May 15, 2017)
  • Reauthorization of CWSRF: Letter to House leaders in support of reauthorization of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (May 3, 2017)
  • The Economic, Job Creation, and Federal Tax Revenue Benefits of Increased Funding for the State Revolving Fund Programs
    A WEF and WateReuse 2016 economic benefits analysis of the impacts of increased funding for the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) revealed that a requested $34.7 billion of federal SRF spending will generate $102.7 billion in total economic input and create more than 500,000 U.S. jobs.
  • Appropriations Letter to Congress in support of $6.5 billion appropriations package for the U.S Environmental Protection Agency to support CWSRF programs and other initiatives (October 27, 2016)

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