Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Resources for Clean Water
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation's infrastructure and communities. The legislation’s more than $50 billion investment over the next five years represents the largest investment in drinking water, wastewater, water reuse, conveyance, and water storage infrastructure in American history.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $11.7 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), plus an additional $1 billion for the CWSRF for emerging contaminants. This means more people will finally be able to freely swim, fish, and play in their waters. Wild spaces will be cleaner and more vibrant. Communities will benefit from improved economic prosperity built on clean water resources as more quality, good paying jobs are created.
Because the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law emerging contaminants funds are a new stream of funding through the CWSRF, EPA recognizes states and communities may face initial challenges developing projects and Intended Use Plans (IUPs). EPA created questions and answers to assist states in developing their application for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law capitalization grants for the CWSRF emerging contaminants funding.
- Clean Water Technology Center
- Disadvantaged Community Resources for States
- Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Fact Sheets
- Small, Rural, and Tribal Communities
- Signage Term and Condition
- District of Columbia and US Territories
EPA's Clean Water Technology Center supports states and communities by developing or enhancing funding eligibility guidance, providing technical assistance, performing applied research, and engaging in planning support. The Clean Water Technology Center provides information on low-cost technologies to tackle nutrient issues. Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, there is a particular emphasis on the provision of assistance and construction funding to underserved communities and to the development of projects that examine emerging contaminants.
Funding Disadvantaged Communities with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (pdf)
This fact sheet demonstrates how the CWSRF provides assistance to eligible recipients in disadvantaged communities. It highlights successful projects for these communities in Idaho and West Virginia.
- Nontraditional Financing Opportunities
The CWSRF program has an extensive record of using its statutorily described financial mechanisms to fund high priority projects. Within each of type of assistance there is a wide array of options for states to consider for their program, and Title VI of the Clean Water Act is designed to encourage states to be innovative in designing financial programs and assistance delivery mechanisms within the assistance options. Such efforts on the part of the states have resulted in numerous options for funding projects.
This Environmental Justice Mapping and Screening Tool provides a nationally consistent dataset and approach for combining environmental and demographic indicators.
- Overview of CWSRF Eligibilities (pdf)
- Protecting Public Health and Water Quality with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (pdf)
- Supporting Cybersecurity Measures with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (pdf)
- Funding Resilient Infrastructure and Communities with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (pdf)
- Funding Drought Resiliency Projects with the CWSRF (pdf)
- Protecting Source Water with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (pdf)
- Clean Water Indian Set-Aside Program
EPA’s funding memorandum will guide the distribution of $154 million in FY22 Tribal water infrastructure funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The memorandum is a key implementation step that outlines requirements and recommendations for the Tribal Set-Asides of the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds to ensure access to safe drinking water and wastewater management in Tribal communities. Eligible projects include replacing lead pipes and addressing PFAS and other emerging contaminants.
- Training and Technical Assistance
- Additional Assistance for Tribal Communities
- View additional resources for small, rural, and Tribal communities.
The United States Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Council issued a Controller Alert titled, Enhancing Transparency Through the Use of the Building a Better America Emblem on Construction Signs (pdf). The Controller Alert informs federal agencies of the availability of the Building A Better America emblem and provides strategies for emblem use to increase the transparency of projects funded in whole or in part by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. In response to this Controller Alert, EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment developed a term and condition that EPA must include in all fiscal year FY 2022 – 2026 Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) Bipartisan Infrastructure Law capitalization grant awards.
EPA allots a portion of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) as grants to Washington, D.C., and the U.S. territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. When the State Revolving Fund loan programs were established, D.C. and the U.S. territories continued to receive their water infrastructure funds as grants, as opposed to loans. The grant program allows the U.S. territories and D.C. to improve compliance with the SDWA and CWA, provide safe drinking water, and protect the environment.
On August 23, 2022, EPA issued the memorandum Implementation of the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories Clean Water and Drinking Water Allocations of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (pdf) (412.63 KB) to help implement over $173 million for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure needs in the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories. As part of the memorandum, EPA is providing information and guidelines on how it will award and administer Fiscal Year 2022 allocations of $63 million to D.C. and $110 million to the Territories, including American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As directed by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this funding will allow D.C. and the Territories to improve compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act and protect the environment.
View more information about Water Infrastructure Funding Assistance for D.C. and Territories under the Clean Water Act.
- See EPA’s memorandum announcing this term and condition:
Guidelines for Implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Signage (pdf)
- Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS)
This EPA-developed software provides a simple, comprehensive approach to asset management for small water and wastewater utilities in an easy-to-use, no-cost package.
- Financing Alternatives Comparison Tool (FACT)
This financial analysis tool developed by EPA helps to identify the most cost-effective method to fund a wastewater or drinking water management project.
- The Wastewater Information System Tool (TWIST)
This computer-based tool allows state and local health departments to inventory and manage small wastewater treatment systems by tracking information on residences and facilities served, permits, site evaluations, types of systems, inspections, and complaints in their jurisdictions.
- Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS)