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Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

Recommendation

Provide $1.8 billion in funding for Fiscal Year 2019.

Background

Established in 1996, the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) is a state-federal partnership that provides low-interest loans to improve drinking water treatment, fix leaking or old pipes, improve the source of water supply, replace or construct finished water storage tanks, and other water infrastructure projects to protect public health including all forms of water reuse. Publicly-owned, privately-owned and not-for-profit community utilities 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
2013 $861 Million
2014 $907 Million
2015 $907 Million
2016 $863 Million
2017 $863 Million
2018 $1.16 Million
Recommendation for 2019 $1.8 Billion

Benefits

  • 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)
  • 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 DWSRF programs and other initiatives (October 27, 2016)

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