Drinking water systems that are eligible for project funding are community water systems, both public and privately-owned, and non-profit, non-community water systems.
Projects eligible for DWSRF financing include investments to upgrade or replace infrastructure needed to achieve or maintain compliance with federal or state health standards, and provide the public with safe, affordable drinking water. Examples of such projects are:
- rehabilitation or development of new drinking water sources to replace contaminated supplies;
- installation or upgrade of treatment facilities to ensure compliance with state and federal drinking water standards or treatment/performance criteria;
- installation or upgrade of storage facilities, including finished water reservoirs, to prevent microbiological contamination or to provide adequate delivery pressures;
- installation or replacement of transmission and distribution mains to prevent contamination caused by leaks or breaks;
- funding and/or construction to promote the consolidation of water supply services, particularly in circumstances where individual homes or water systems generally have an inadequate quantity of water, the water supply is contaminated, or the system is unable to maintain adequate compliance for financial or managerial reasons;
- the purchase of a portion of another system if the purchase is part of a consolidation plan to bring the system(s) into compliance;
- capital investments to improve the security of drinking water systems; and
- any of the above listed project types which are publicly-owned, and which were previously financed after July 1, 1993, may be eligible for refinancing.
Projects submitted by systems lacking technical, managerial or financial capacity or significant non-compliers are not eligible for funding unless the proposed project will improve capacity or compliance. Also, projects whose primary purpose is fire protection or growth/development, dams and reservoirs, or acquisition of land not integral to an eligible project are not eligible.
Davis-Bacon Compliance Guidance
For projects receiving CWSRF and DWSRF assistance during FFY 2010, federal labor laws regarding prevailing wages, hours of work, and rates of pay shall apply to construction carried out with assistance from the SRFs. Recipients are responsible for Davis-Bacon requirements for contractors and subcontractors working on their projects.
Click here to view guidance regarding the Davis-Bacon Act requirements.