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Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund is a federal-state partnership that provides funding and technical assistance to help water systems and states achieve the health protection objectives of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

Under the DWSRF, states may provide various types of assistance, including:

  • Loans
  • Refinancing
  • Purchasing
  • Guaranteeing local debt
  • Purchasing bond insurance
  • Grants
  • Principal forgiveness
  • Negative interest rate loans

Eligible projects include:

  • Treatment - Projects to install or upgrade facilities to improve drinking water quality to comply with SDWA regulations
  • Transmission and distribution - Rehabilitation, replacement, or installation of pipes to improve water pressure to safe levels or to prevent contamination caused by leaky or broken pipes
  • Source - Rehabilitation of wells or development of eligible sources to replace contaminated sources
  • Storage - Installation or upgrade of finished water storage tanks to prevent microbiological contamination from entering the distribution system
  • Consolidation - Interconnecting two or more water systems
  • Creation of new systems - Construct a new system to serve homes with contaminated individual wells or consolidate existing systems into a new regional water system

Eligible borrowers are privately-owned, publicly-owned, and nonprofit water systems, including systems utilizing point of entry or residential central treatment.

Each state may have additional eligibility requirements. Priority is given to projects that:

  • Address the most serious risks to human health
  • Are necessary to ensure compliance with the SDWA
  • Assist systems most in need according to state affordability criteria
Eligibility handbook
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Amount of funding

Amounts vary by product and need.

Fiscal year 2023 DWSRF state allotments

Application process

Begin the process by contacting the appropriate State-level DWSRF representative to discuss the project.

Tagged as
Capital funding · Environmental health · Infrastructure · Public health

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For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.