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Delaware to Solicit Water Quality Improvement Projects With Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding

For Immediate Release

Jan. 9, 2024

 

Delaware to Solicit Water Quality Improvement Projects
With Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding
Virtual Community Workshop Scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 17

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), in conjunction with the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), will begin soliciting for new water quality improvement projects Wednesday, Jan. 17 as DNREC and DPH start to develop 2024 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) project priority lists. Projects must be listed on the CWSRF and DWSRF project priority lists to be considered for funding.

 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) passed by Congress and signed by President Biden in 2022 boosted funding for clean water and drinking water projects across the country, with those funds provided through the existing State Revolving Fund (SRF) process.

 

Notices of Intent for SRF wastewater, drinking water, stormwater, and related infrastructure projects must be received by DNREC Environmental Finance by close of business at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.

 

DNREC will hold a State Revolving Loan Fund virtual community workshop at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 offering a detailed overview of the CWSRF and DWSRF programs. Attendees will get guidance on requesting financial assistance for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure project needs. Pre-registration for the virtual workshop is required.

 

Workshop attendees also will learn how SRF programs administered by DNREC Environmental Finance can provide a wide range of financial assistance. It will review the one-stop loan application process for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure project assistance, including new funding available under the BIL:

  1. Supplemental funding available to address emerging contaminants and lead service line replacement.
  2. Additional subsidies to disadvantaged communities for water infrastructure projects.

The workshop also will cover information about planning tools to assist SRF applicants with:

  1. Wastewater, drinking water and surface water matching planning grants.
  2. Asset management planning grants
  3. Project planning advances
  4. Planning and design loans

 

Additionally, the workshop will offer guidance on how and when to submit projects for funding consideration; project ranking criteria; project construction requirements, and how to apply for infrastructure planning grants. Information on the loan and grant programs and applications can be found at de.gov/envfinance.

 

About DNREC
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. The DNREC Environmental Finance team administers Delaware’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund, making funding available to municipalities, the private sector, nonprofit organizations and individuals. For more information, visit the website and connect with @DelawareDNREC on Facebook, Instagram, X (formerly known as Twitter) or LinkedIn.

 

Media Contacts: Michael Globetti, michael.globetti@delaware.gov; Nikki Lavoie, nikki.lavoie@delaware.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Mambande

Trainer/Educator II

Office of Drinking Water

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services

Division of Public Health

43 South DuPont Highway

Dover, Delaware 19901

Office: 302-741-8580

thomas.mambande@delaware.gov

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