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Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Oct 15, 2020

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 State Revolving Fund
  • Drinking water projects that are eligible for the Drinking Water State Revolving 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

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
Amount of funding

EPA estimates that approximately $5 billion is available for long-term, low-cost financing for water and wastewater projects.

Loan amounts provided through this program may not exceed 49% of a project's eligible costs.

Application process

Links to additional guidance and application instructions are available on the program website.

Prospective borrowers begin the process by submitting a letter of interest by email to or through EPA's SharePoint site.

Selected borrowers will be invited to submit a full application.

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Capital funding · Infrastructure · Public health

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