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Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program

Sponsor
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Deadlines
Jul 6, 2018
Contact

wifia@epa.gov
202.564.2992

Purpose

The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program (WIFIA) provides secured, direct loans and loan guarantees for eligible water infrastructure projects, with 15% of funds set aside for small, rural, and tribal communities that serve populations less than 25,000.

Eligible projects include:

  • Wastewater projects that are eligible under the Clean Water Fund
  • Drinking water projects that are eligible for the Drinking Water Fund
  • Projects that enhance energy efficiency in the operation of a public water system or publicly owned treatment works
  • Projects for repair, rehabilitation, or replacement of a treatment works, community water system, or aging water distribution or waste collection facility
  • A brackish or sea water desalination project, including chloride control, a managed aquifer recharge project, a water recycling project, or a project to provide alternative water supplies to reduce aquifer depletion
  • A project to prevent, reduce, or mitigate the effects of drought
  • The acquisition of real property or an interest in real property
  • A combination of eligible projects listed above
Eligibility

Eligible applicants include:

  • Corporations
  • Partnerships
  • Joint ventures
  • Trusts
  • Federal, state, and local governmental entities/agencies
  • Tribal governments or consortia of tribal governments
  • State infrastructure financing authorities
Geographic coverage
Nationwide
Amount of funding

EPA estimates that approximately $5.5 billion is available for long-term, low-cost financing for water and wastewater projects.

Application process

Links to application instructions and the WIFIA handbook are available on the program website.

Prospective borrowers begin the process by submitting a letter of interest. The letter of interest may be submitted by email to wifia@epa.gov or through EPA’s SharePoint site.

Selected borrowers will be invited to submit a full application.

Technical assistance webinars

WIFIA Application Process for All Prospective Borrowers
April 23, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern

WIFIA Application Process for Small Community Borrowers
April 30, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern

WIFIA Application Process for Tribal Community Borrowers
May 2, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern

Question and Answer Session
May 30, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern

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Capital funding · Infrastructure



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