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Learn About the WIFIA Program

The WIFIA program's mission is to:

Accelerate investment in our nation's water and wastewater infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental credit assistance under customized terms to creditworthy water and wastewater projects of national and regional significance.

WIFIA works separately from, but in coordination with, the State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs to provide subsidized financing for large dollar-value projects.

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Program Overview

The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014 (WIFIA) established the WIFIA program, a federal credit program administered by EPA for eligible water and wastewater infrastructure projects. WIFIA and the WIFIA implementation rule outline the eligibility and other requirements for prospective borrowers.

Eligibility

Eligible borrowers are:

  • Local, state, tribal, and federal government entities
  • Partnerships and joint ventures
  • Corporations and trusts
  • Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs

The WIFIA program can fund development and implementation activities for eligible projects:

  • Projects that are eligible for the Clean Water SRF, not withstanding the public ownership clause
  • Projects that are eligible for the Drinking Water SRF
  • Enhanced energy efficiency projects at drinking water and wastewater facilities
  • Brackish or seawater desalination, aquifer recharge, alternative water supply, and water recycling projects
  • Drought prevention, reduction, or mitigation projects
  • Acquisition of property if it is integral to the project or will mitigate the environmental impact of a project
  • A combination of projects secured by a common security pledge or submitted under one application by an SRF program

Eligible development and implementation activities are:

  • Development phase activities, including planning, preliminary engineering, design, environmental review, revenue forecasting, and other pre-construction activities
  • Construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, and replacement activities
  • Acquisition of real property or an interest in real property, environmental mitigation, construction contingencies, and acquisition of equipment
  • Capitalized interest necessary to meet market requirements, reasonably required reserve funds, capital issuance expenses and other carrying costs during construction

Important Program Features

  • $20 million: Minimum project size for large communities.
  • $5 million: Minimum project size for small communities (population of 25,000 or less).
  • 49%: Maximum portion of eligible project costs that WIFIA can fund.
  • Total federal assistance may not exceed 80% of a project’s eligible costs.
  • 35 years: Maximum final maturity date from substantial completion.
  • 5 years: Maximum time that repayment may be deferred after substantial completion of the project.
  • Interest rate will be equal to or greater than the U.S. Treasury rate of a similar maturity at the date of closing.
  • Projects must be creditworthy and have a dedicated source of revenue.
  • NEPA, Davis-Bacon, American Iron and Steel, and all other federal cross-cutter provisions apply.

View a one-page summary of the WIFIA program.

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Law and Regulations

The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) (PDF) (10 pp, 156 K, About PDFwas signed into law by the President on June 10, 2014, and authorized the WIFIA program to be managed by EPA Headquarters. WIFIA was amended by section 1445 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (FAST) (491 pp, 1.3 M, About PDFand section 5008 of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016 (WIIN) (277 pp, 812 K, About PDF).

The interim final WIFIA implementation rule, Credit Assistance for Water Infrastructure Projects, was signed by EPA on December 6, 2016,  and establishes the guidelines for the WIFIA program and the process by which EPA will administer credit assistance.

The final fee rule, Fees for Water Infrastructure Project Applications under WIFIA, was signed by EPA on June 19, 2017, and establishes the fees related to the provision of federal credit assistance under WIFIA.

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Information Sessions

EPA’s WIFIA program hosts webinars and information sessions for prospective borrowers to foster a greater understanding of the WIFIA program requirements and pave the way for successful applications to the program.

Upcoming webinars and information sessions will:

  • Provide an overview of the program, including current status, eligibility and statutory requirements, and anticipated schedule
  • Explain the financial benefits of WIFIA loans
  • Share tips for completing WIFIA application materials

Intended Audience:

  • Prospective borrowers including municipal entities, corporations, partnerships, and State Revolving Fund programs
  • Private and non-governmental organizations that support prospective borrowers

Information Session Dates and Locations:

  • January 17, 2018
    Washington, DC
    EPA Headquarters
    1301 Constitution Avenue, NW
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Webinar Series Dates and Topics:

  • December 6, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET)
    Overview of the WIFIA program
    Description: During this webinar, WIFIA program staff will provide an general overview of the its program and the loans it can provide. Participants will learn about the program’s statutory authority, eligibility requirements, terms and conditions of credit assistance, and federal requirements. WIFIA program staff will answer questions submitted by participants throughout the presentation.
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  • December 13, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET)
    Benefits of Financing with WIFIA Loans
    Description: During this webinar, WIFIA program staff will explain the potential financial benefits of WIFIA loans. Participants will learn how the program’s flexible terms and low interest rate can reduce the cost of their projects. WIFIA program staff will answer questions submitted by participants throughout the presentation.
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  • December 20, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET)
    WIFIA Application Process: Tips for Submitting a Letter of Interest
    Description: During this webinar, WIFIA program staff will explain the application process, review key elements on the letter of interest, and provide tips for submitting a letter of interest. WIFIA program staff will answer questions submitted by participants throughout the presentation.
    Register

View and download past webinar presentations.

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Frequent Questions

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