DWSRF Contacts

Chief, Design Section
Bureau of Water Supply Protection

NYS Department of Health

518-402-7650 or 1-800-458-1158




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  Eligibility and Regulations

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.

Davis-Bacon Compliance Guidance

For projects receiving CWSRF and DWSRF assistance, 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.

Buy American Guidance

Per the FFY 2014 budget, all funding for treatment works and public water systems must use iron and steel products made in the United States. For more information, click HERE.



The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) is authorized through the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The DWSRF is administered in accordance with the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund regulations:  10 NYCRR Part 53 for the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and 21 NYCRR Part 2604 for the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC).  The DWSRF program was created and is jointly administered by DOH and EFC pursuant to Chapter 413 of the Laws of 1996. 

The current EFC Part 2604 DWSRF program regulations amended for ARRA implementation were effective December 30, 2009, the date the Notice of Adoption was published by the Department of State in the State Register.  Click HERE to view the current EFC DWSRF regulations. 

For a copy of the current effective DOH or EFC regulations contact EFC.