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EPA Hosts WIFIA Program Information Session

Date: January 19, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a daylong information session on the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program on Wednesday, January 17 in Washington DC. WIFIA provides low-interest loans for water, wastewater, and water reuse infrastructure projects that cost at least $20 million ($5 million for small communities). Although the program was authorized in 2014 under the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, Congress made its first appropriation to the program—$25 million—in FY 2017. The funding was awarded to twelve projects, including three water recycling projects sponsored by WateReuse Association members: Orange County Water District, City of San Diego, City of Morro Bay.

The session provided an overview of the program requirements and benefits, and included tips for the application process. EPA staff encouraged applicants to clearly describe their projects in letters of interests written for an audience that is not intimately familiar with the local community and project context. The EPA WIFIA program staff encouraged potential applicants to contact them with any questions or concerns throughout the process.

EPA will announce a program schedule for FY 2018 applications after Congress passes appropriations legislation for the year. EPA will first solicit letters of interest and then invite selected projects to submit a full application.

The information session’s presentation can be found here. Please contact WateReuse Policy Director Amber Kim at akim@watereuse.org with any questions.

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