COVID-19 Community Levels Map Update, Jan. 27, 2023: The CDC has listed three Connecticut Counties—Litchfield, Middlesex and New Haven Counties—in the High/Orange category as part of its weekly COVID-19 Community Levels update. Fairfield, Hartford, New London, Tolland and Windham Counties are listed in the Medium/Yellow category.  Because all eight Connecticut counties are either in the High or Medium categories, the Connecticut Department of Public Health recommends that all residents consider wearing a mask in public indoor spaces. People who are at high risk for severe illness should consider additional measures to minimize their exposure to COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. Visit the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels Map for updates.


Please visit covidtests.gov to request four free COVID-19 self-test kits from the Federal Government. Find a location that has a supply of COVID-19 therapeutics as part of the Test to Treat initiative here. The complete DPH COVID-19 toolbox is located at ct.gov/coronavirus.

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

The annual Call For Projects notice announces the deadline by which Eligibility Applications must be received in order to be considered for inclusion on the annual Project Priority List (PPL). The PPL details the projects to which the DPH is expecting to commit the available DWSRF funds for the state fiscal year. The Call for Projects period for SFY 2023 closed on March 31, 2022. New applications for funding are under development for SFY 2024 due to changes associated with funding DPH will be receiving from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. These updated applications will be posted to this website with the SFY 2024 Call for Projects announcement which is expected to occur in January 2023.

The DPH has announced the Call for Projects for SFY 2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023). Eligibility Applications are now being accepted for projects that are expected to be funded during this time period. For more information, please refer to the Call for Projects notice and Circular Letter #2022-09 below. All applications must be submitted electronically to DPH.DWSRF@ct.gov no later than noon on Thursday, March 31, 2022 in order to be considered for inclusion on the SFY 2023 Project Priority List.
 
This SFY 2024 Call for Projects will include projects seeking funding under the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). Please visit the new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law webpage for more information.
  

Eligibility Application

Eligibility applications for SFY 2024 are currently under development due to changes associated with the funding DPH is receiving from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. These new applications will be posted to this website with the SFY 2024 Call for Projects announcement which is expected to occur in January 2024. If you have any questions please contact the DWSRF program at DPH.CTDWSRF@ct.gov  


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.

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. 

The Priority Ranking System is currently undergoing major revisions to address funding DPH is receiving from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. These changes will be are included as Attachment B to the Draft SFY 2023 DWSRF Intended Use Plan . 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 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. 

The DPH periodically amends the annual IUP to add new funding applications to the annual IUP’s Comprehensive Project List after the annual IUP has been finalized. These amendments are posted to this website for a 30 day public comment period before they are finalized. Projects on the Comprehensive Project List are eligible to receive funding if there is a surplus of DWSRF funds available, or if a project on the annual IUP’s PPL is bypassed, and they are ready to proceed during the State Fiscal Year. Projects on the Comprehensive Project List are prioritized based on the priority ranking score.


Draft SFY 2023 IUP – Public Hearing

The public hearing on the State Fiscal Year 2023 IUP and PPL will be held on November 22, at 10:00 am. This will be a remote meeting via GoToMeeting, and all will still have an opportunity to submit both oral and written testimony. See the links below for more information.


Amendment #1 to the SFY 2022 Annual Intended Use Plan Now Final

The DPH has amended the SFY 2022 Annual IUP. The proposed Amendment #1 to the Annual SFY 2022 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 2022 Annual IUP – Now Final

The public hearing on the State Fiscal Year 2022 IUP and PPL was held on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at 10:00 am. This was a remote meeting via GoToWebinar. This finalized Hearing Report, IUP, and PPL for SFY 2022 are provided below.


Prior Years’ Intended Use Plans and Project Priority Lists

The IUPs and PPLs for State Fiscal Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 are available below.

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016