Call for Projects, Review and Ranking of Projects

The annual Call for Projects is issued via e-mail to all PWSs eligible to receive DWSRF loans, municipal Chief Elected Officials and local Directors of Health. The Call for Projects is also posted on the DPH Drinking Water Section’s (DWS) website. The solicitation period for annual PPL projects runs for approximately 60-90 days. PWSs are encouraged to submit projects which promote green infrastructure and energy or water efficiency. Please refer to the Green Project Reserve webpage from more information and to find the "Green Project Information Form" and guidance.

Call for Projects for SFY 2019

The DPH has announced the Call for Projects for SFY 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Eligibility Applications are now being accepted for projects that are expected to be funded during this time period. For more information, please read the Call for Projects notice below. All applications must be submitted electronically to no later than noon on Friday, March 30, 2018 in order to be considered for inclusion on the SFY 2019 PPL.

Deadline: Noon on Friday, March 30, 2018

Eligibility Application

PWSs must submit an Eligibility Application for each independent DWSRF project. A project’s eligibility for funding, its priority ranking point score and its readiness to proceed is based on the information submitted with this application. Please note, this application is for eligibility and inclusion in DPH’s Intended Use Plan; it is not the application for a loan from the DWSRF program.

Please review the Priority Ranking System (below) before completing the application. Several updates and improvements have been made, including those to reflect the new project point table. If you have a project which proposes to consolidate or connect to another PWS, or connect private wells with water quality or quantity issues, please complete and attach the appropriate form(s) to the Eligibility Application.

If you have an emergency power generator project with a total project cost of less than $100,000, please visit the Emergency Power Generator Program webpage. A different Eligibility Application is required for projects seeking funding through this program.

Project Examples  
For some ideas of eligible and ineligible projects, please view our SRF Project Examples document.  The DWSRF program may be able to fund the planning phase, design phase, and construction phase of an eligible drinking water project.

New in 2017 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clarified funding for service line replacements on private property. The DWSRF program may fund the complete service line replacement, regardless of pipe material and ownership of the property on which the service line is located. Please refer to their May 9, 2016 memo for more information.

Review and Ranking of Projects

The DWS reviews project Eligibility Applications for completeness and eligibility for DWSRF funding. Points are assigned based on Priority Ranking System established by the DPH and approved by the EPA. The total points assigned to each project along with each project’s readiness to proceed will be used to prepare the Project Priority List.

NEW for 2018 - The Priority Ranking System has undergone major revisions to update the overall document as well as reflect current drinking water issues. In addition, some changes were made to address comments received from PWSs during the IUP public hearing process. Please review this document prior to completing the Eligibility Application. Major changes have been made to the project point table. If you have any questions, contact the DPH DWSRF Unit.

Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List

The DPH prepares an annual Intended Use Plan (IUP) that identifies how the State intends to use the limited amount of DWSRF funding available for that year. The IUP is provided to the EPA as part of the DPH’s annual capitalization grant application for federal DWSRF funds.

The DPH is federally required to solicit meaningful public input when each IUP is developed. The DPH is also required by State law to hold a public hearing on the draft Project Priority List (PPL) that is included in the IUP. The DPH publishes the draft IUP and PPL for a 30 day public comment period followed by a public hearing. 

Draft SFY 2019 IUP – Public Hearing / Open Forum

The public hearing on the State Fiscal Year 2018 IUP and PPL will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2018 at 10:00 am at the DPH. See the links below for more information. 

Amendment #1 to the SFY 2018 IUP

The DPH has finalized Amendment #1 to the SFY 2018 IUP, per the procedure noted in the IUP, to reflect Eligibility Applications which were received after the initial Call For Projects due date. The proposed Amendment #1 to the SFY 2018 IUP was made available for a 30-day public review and comment period.  No comments were received and the amended IUP is now final.

SFY 2018 IUP 

The public hearing on the State Fiscal Year 2018 IUP and PPL was held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the DPH. The finalized Hearing Report, IUP and PPL for SFY 2018 are provided below.

Prior Years’ Intended Use Plans and Project Priority Lists

The IUPs and PPLs for State Fiscal Year 2016 and 2017 are available below.