NEW! MUNICIPAL FUNDING APPLICATION - Municipal Funding Application for use in most Water Infrastructure Financing Programs grants and loans. To complete, please open and save remotely before completing the entire application electronically.
The Facilities Engineering Division administers grant and loan programs for municipal pollution control and water supply construction projects. The division also performs financial audit functions for these projects. Please contact Bryan Redmond, DWSRF Program Supervisor, Facilities Engineering Division, for more information at (802) 585-4900. Also, please see the Financial Management Section home page for further details.
About Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program provides low cost loan financing to municipal and privately owned public water systems for capital improvements that improve public health protection and facilitate compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
The DWSRF has three separate, but often related, funding opportunities.
DWSRF Planning Loans
Planning loans are awarded for preliminary engineering planning studies, preliminary and final engineering plans and specifications for water system improvement projects needed to comply with state and federal standards and to protect public health. Nearly all water system improvement projects are eligible (new construction, renovation or replacement, or consolidation of systems). Costs incurred prior to a commitment of loan funds by DEC are not eligible for a loan.
Planning loans are available for the following systems:
DWSRF Source Protection Loans
Source Protection Loans can be used to purchase land or conservation easements to protect public water sources and ensure compliance with state and federal drinking water standards. Source(s) must have a hydrogeologically-delineated source protection area, an approved Source Protection Plan prior to loan award and are limited to public community water systems (PCWS). The water system must demonstrate how the project will directly promote public health protection or compliance with national drinking water regulations.
DWSRF Construction Loans
All public community water systems and non-profit non-community water systems are eligible for DWSRF Construction loan funds.
The Vermont Wastewater and Potable Water Revolving Loan Fund
The Vermont Wastewater and Potable Water Revolving Loan Fund, also known as the On-site Loan Program, is available to Vermont residents for the repair or replacement of failed on-site wastewater and water supply systems.
About Municipal Pollution Control Projects Priority List for State FY 2016 & Clean Water Intended Use Plan for Federal FY 2015
The adopted Municipal Pollution Control Projects Priority List for State FY 2016 and Clean Water Intended Use Plan for Federal FY 2015 includes a listing of construction projects which may apply for and receive State Clean Water Revolving Loan Funds (CWSRF) in State fiscal year 2016.
Changes to the CWSRF program in recent years include:
Short-Lived Asset Reserve – A table of short lived assets should be included for the system (See Appendix A for examples). The table should include the asset, the expected year of replacement, and the anticipated cost of each. Prepare a recommended annual reserve deposit to fund replacement of short-lived assets, such as pumps, paint, and small equipment. Short-lived assets include those items not covered under O&M, however, this does not include facilities such as a water tank or treatment facility replacement that are usually funded with long-term capital financing.
Final Design - Need to update Short-Lived Asset Reserve table for short lived assets funded by the project and update the annual reserve deposit.
Past Years - Pollution Control Priority Lists and Clean Water Intended Use Plans
Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) LOAN & State Grant APPLICATION -
MUNICIPAL FUNDING APPLICATION - Municipal Funding Application for use in most Water Infrastructure Financing Programs grants and loans.
To complete, please open and save remotely before completing the entire application electronically
CLEAN WATER and DRINKING WATER PAYMENT REQUEST Information (Post ARRA):
CLEAN WATER and DRINKING WATER DISBURSEMENT of LOAN PROCEEDS
Disbursement of loan proceeds is done on a reimbursement basis after the Facilities Engineering Division has received copies of paid invoices and certification of the Authorized Representative that the invoices have been paid. Please note that an Authorized Representative or an Alternate Authorized Representative are the ONLY persons to sign the Payment Request forms used for reimbursement of project costs. In his/her absence, a majority of the members of the legislative body may sign the Payment Request form, but in the permanent absence of the Authorized Representative another person must be appointed as soon as possible. We encourage the appointment of at least two Authorized Representatives (minimum) so that at least one Authorized Representative can be present at monthly project meetings to sign forms as needed. Many loan applicants appoint an Alternate Authorized Representative so as not to impede reimbursements.
CWSRF Environmental Review Determinations
All projects receiving CWSRF loan funds must receive an Environmental Review prior to the release of construction loan funding. The level of detail and the amount of information provided in this environmental report is commensurate with the magnitude of construction activities and their potential impact on environmental and historical resources. Historically, CWSRF funded projects have received categorical exclusions, which are more intensive environmental review, because they are anticipated to have minimal or no impact. The Environmental Review Procedures detail the State Environmental Review Process (approved by USEPA) which describes the procedures used to satisfy the requirement under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). All Categorical Exclusions (CATEX), Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI), Environmental Impact Documents (EID) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)s are issued within a certain time frame, and are located below.
CLEAN WATER Categorical Exclusions Issued:
RF1-167 West Windsor - Brownsville Sewer System REVISED Categorical Exclusion June 5, 2015
CLEAN WATER Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Issued:
RF1-175 Saxtons River Wastewater Treatment Facility Refurbishment Project NOI Letter, Notice of Intent to Issue a Finding of No Significant Impact, dated October 21, 2014 Evaluation of Eligibility for Finding of No Significant Impact, Preliminary Engineering Report & Appendices, USDA Preliminary Engineering Report Review, Final PER & Appendices
EM-96143301.0 Village of Waterbury FONSI REVISED Finding of No Significant Impact dated March 11, 2013
EM-969142001.0 Troy-Jay WWCS Project July 19, 2012
VT DEC Facilities Engineering Division 1 National Life Drive, Main 1 Montpelier, VT 05620-3510 Tele: 802-828-1880 Fax: 802-828-1552
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