The Final Rule issued by the Treasury aligned eligible Water and Sewer Infrastructure projects with the eligibility requirements of the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) or Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). These projects are presumed eligible, with the exception of projects for the rehabilitation of dams and reservoirs.
CWSRF includes projects that, per the EPA website, “construct, improve, or repair wastewater treatment plants, control non-point sources of pollution, improve resiliency of infrastructure to severe weather events, create green infrastructure, and protect waterbodies from pollution.”
Subcategories of CWSRF include:
DWSRF includes projects that, per the EPA website, “construct, improve, or repair drinking water treatment plants, fix leaky or old pipes, improve source of water supply, replace or construct water storage tanks, or protect public health.”
Subcategories of DWSRF include:
The Treasury also allows for water and sewer infrastructure projects deemed necessary, beyond what is outlined by CWSRF and DWSRF. The Final Rule broadened eligibility of Water and Sewer Infrastructure projects if they are proved to be necessary, as defined by (1) responsive to an identified need to achieve or maintain an adequate minimum level of service (2) a cost-effective means for meeting that need, and (3) for investments in infrastructure that supply drinking water in order to meet projected population growth, projected to be sustainable over its estimated useful life.
Subcategories of additionally eligible infrastructure projects include:
For Water/Sewer infrastructure projects the County will require that applicants include either a Town Meeting or City Council vote authorizing the project, unless the project is fully funded from grants. The projects will be treated as advancements to the applicant and will require the grantee to report on a quarterly basis the status of the project, including expenditures.
Quotes obtained from the Department of the Treasury's Final Rule