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Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Resources

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Laws and Regulations

  • Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) (P.L. 113-121) (PDF)(182 pp, 481 K, About PDF)
    In 2014, WRRDA amended Titles I, II, V, and VI of the CWA. The amendments made significant changes to the program, including:
    • expanding eligibility categories for CWSRF assistance;
    • requiring loan recipients to prepare fiscal sustainability plans;
    • using additional loan subsidies;
    • developing affordability criteria; and
    • increasing loan maturities to the lesser of 30 years or design life.

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Policy and Guidance

  • Green Project Reserve (GPR)

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and subsequent annual appropriations require all CWSRF programs to use a portion of their federal grant for projects that address green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency, or other environmentally innovative activities.

  • American Iron and Steel (AIS) Requirements

    WRRDA requires CWSRF assistance recipients to use iron and steel products produced in the United States for projects for constructing, altering, maintaining, or repairing public water systems or wastewater treatment works.

  • CWSRF Reporting Requirements Memorandum

    The Interior Department and Further Continuing Appropriations, FY 2010 (P.L. 111-88) included a grant condition requiring recipients of CWSRF funds to report how they use the assistance they receive. This memorandum discusses how recipients must submit information to EPA’s CWSRF benefits reporting system at least quarterly.

  • Guidance on Fees Charged by States to Recipients of CWSRF Program Assistance (PDF) (6 pp, 67 K, About PDF)
    This guidance describes how states may use money collected from fees charged to recipients of CWSRF assistance.
    • The following changes to the fee guidance were implemented after the guidance was published in the Code of Federal Regulations: If program income generated through fees is added to the fund and used for administration, those fees are not considered part of the limit on administrative costs.
  • Transfer and Cross-Collateralization of CWSRF and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) (PDF) (6 pp, 140 K, About PDF)

    This policy identifies the process for states to obtain EPA approval for transfers and cross-collateralization of funds between the CWSRF and DWSRF programs.

  • Cash Draw Proportionality Requirements for CWSRF and DWSRF

    This memorandum explains the requirements on the amount of federal funds that states may draw into their CWSRF and DWSRF programs and the schedule for these draws.

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Financing Alternatives Comparison Tool

  • The Financing Alternatives Comparison Tool (FACT) is a financial analysis tool that helps communities identify the most cost-effective method to fund a wastewater or drinking water management project. FACT produces a comprehensive analysis that compares various financing options for these projects by incorporating financing, regulatory, and other important costs.

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Annual Allotment of Federal Funds

  • Each year Congress appropriates funds for the CWSRF program.

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Related Resources

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