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Background on the Fund

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program was modeled on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program and authorized by amendments to the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act in 1996. Continued Federal funding is contingent on annual Federal appropriations as determined by the U.S. Congress.

The DWSRF program is particularly geared toward meeting the needs of small and economically disadvantaged communities. States may use a portion of their DWSRF grants for support of state-wide drinking water programs (e.g., capacity development, operator certification, small systems technical assistance, and source water protection).

States may make Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loans for

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For information on applying for a State Revolving Fund loan, please contact the applicable program manager in your state. That office can provide application materials, state specific guidance materials, schedules for submission of applications, and related information. Please note that all decisions regarding selection of projects to receive assistance are made by the states.

Public Health Aquarius Awards

Every other year the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program recognizes borrowers (nominated by the states) for their efforts to provide clean and safe drinking water. The 2010 DWSRF Awards for Sustainable Public Health Protection recognized the most innovative and effective projects that further the goal of clean and safe water through exceptional planning, management, and finance. The award recipients worked with state DWSRF programs to achieve results that go beyond the typical project, showing exceptional creativity and dedication to public health protection. The 2010 winners were:

City of Rockville, Maryland - The City of Rockville has invested millions of dollars in upgrading their aging Water Treatment Plant, originally constructed in 1958. In order to complete a project increasing the energy efficiency of this facility, the City of Rockville made use of $1,745,000 from a grant financed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Some aspects of this project included adding a new variable frequency drive, an updated HVAC system at the intake to a more energy efficient unit, and motion sensors to turn lights off when not in use. The local government funding of the non-green aspects of this project demonstrates the way cooperation on the Federal, State, and local level scan finance a complete project.


Water line along Main Street, Volant Borough, Pa.

Volant Borough. Pennsylvania - This project upgraded the water distribution system of Volant Borough in order to provide clean drinking water to customers. The Borough was plagued with numerous leaks, causing a 51% water loss, and experienced problems with the filter backwash and inoperable fire hydrants. Thanks to the effectiveness of the Borough's asset management and capital improvement plan, they were able to obtain maximum funding to update the water distribution system at reasonable cost to customers. This shows how the DWSRF can be used to make important updates affordable for rural communities.


Water storage in Harrisonburg, Va.

Harrisonburg. Virginia - The City of Harrisonburg's Tower Street Water Tank project is unique for its efficient use of land to provide safe drinking water. The City replaced their old, uncovered finished water reservoirs, which posed public health issues due to the lack of protection of the finished water. Additionally, these tanks were experiencing leaks at their concrete joints, creating a loss of up to 300,000 gallons a day, and $74,000 a year in treatment costs. By constructing a completely enclosed, prestressed composite tank on the site of the old reservoir, the City alleviated these problems while also minimizing disturbance to the environment.


Raw water line being installed, Fairmont, W.Va.

City of Fairmont, West Virginia - The City of Fairmont's water filtration plant was making use of new membrane technology for their water system. However, damage to the membranes was being incurred due to lack of water pretreatment, affecting water pressure and reliability. The City took action to improve service to its customers by securing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for upgrades to the membrane water filtration system and expansion of the existing plant. Of the $8.8 million project cost, because of ARRA, the City must repay only $4.4 million. With these upgrades, the City is in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, protecting the public health of the City's more than 13,600 customers.

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