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Drinking Water State Revolving Fund AQUARIUS Recognition Program

water plantThe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) is a $38 billion federal-state partnership dedicated to protecting America’s public health. The program finances the construction and rehabilitation of critical drinking water infrastructure, along with public health-focused programs and activities across our nation. The DWSRF AQUARIUS program nationally recognizes DWSRF-funded projects for exceptional focus on sustainability and protection of public health. These projects are examples of the high level of innovation possible with the DWSRF.

SStates participating in this voluntary recognition program may nominate one DWSRF project during the 2019 round. All DWSRF projects are eligible for nomination if they have completed construction within the last two years. The project must meet three criteria:

  • Safe Drinking Water Act compliance,
  • Financial integrity, and
  • Public health benefits.

Additionally, each project must demonstrate leadership in at least one or more of the following areas:

  • Emerging contaminants;
  • Aging infrastructure;
  • Innovative financing;
  • Affordability;
  • Water loss control;
  • Efficient water and/or energy use;
  • Creative approach to project planning and implementation; or
  • Water system partnerships.

States may nominate one project and send the nomination form to their EPA Regional Office Coordinator. After review from the EPA Regional Office, the Region will send nominations to EPA headquarters. A panel at EPA headquarters will review submitted projects. Of the projects nominated, the panel will select one particularly noteworthy project from each Region to be designated as “Exceptional Projects” to receive further recognition.

To learn more about the projects recognized for the 2019 AQUARIUS Program, please see the information below.

2019 Aquarius Winners


Project Name

Recognition Level


Woodland Summit Water System Improvements Project

Exceptional Project

New Jersey

Long Beach Township Pump Station Reconstruction Project

Exceptional Project


Prince Albert and Sunnyside Water Extension Project

Exceptional Project


Danville Water Treatment Plant and Raw Water Improvements Project

Exceptional Project


Ashland Private Lead Service Line Replacement Project (Year 1)

Exceptional Project


St. Bernard Parish Waterworks Waterline Replacement Project (Loan 1)

Exceptional Project


Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 27 New Regional Public Water Supply System Project

Exceptional Project

South Dakota

Rapid City Water System Expansion Project

Exceptional Project


Cool Valley Reservoir Cover/Liner Replacement Project

Exceptional Project


Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District—Eastside Liberty Lake Consolidation Project

Exceptional Project


Selbyville Methyl Tert-Butyl Ether Removal Project

Recognized Project


Idaho Department of Environmental Quality DWSRF Lead Abatement Program

Recognized Project


Cambridge Radium Removal/Hydrous Manganese Oxide Filtration System Project

Recognized Project


East Chicago Lead Service Line Replacement in USS Lead Superfund Site Project (Phase 1)

Recognized Project


Shrewsbury Home Farm Water Treatment Facility Upgrade Project

Recognized Project


Burton Drinking Water System Improvements Project (Phases 1-5)

Recognized Project


Randall Water System Improvements for Nitrate and Arsenic Project

Recognized Project

New Hampshire

Berlin Waterworks Water Main Replacement Project

Recognized Project

New Mexico

Ojo Caliente Uranium Treatment Project

Recognized Project


Waterline from Edmond Public Works Authority to the Town of Arcadia Project

Recognized Project

Rhode Island

Providence Water Supply Board Lead Service Line and Water Main Replacements Project

Recognized Project

South Carolina

Anderson Regional Joint Water System Treatment Plant Advanced Oxidation Process Upgrade Project

Recognized Project


Gainesboro Water Loss Correction Project

Recognized Project


Port Royal Water Tank/Meters/Distribution System Replacement Project

Recognized Project

West Virginia

Chapmanville Water System Upgrade Project (Phase II)

Recognized Project