All projects submitted on an LOI form are reviewed for eligibility
. Eligible projects are then prioritized to create a Project Priority List (PPL). The PPL is used by Business Oregon's Infrastructure Finance Authority (IFA) to invite project applications and is included in the Intended Use Plan (IUP)
that the state must submit to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval. Note that a separate priority list is created for drinking water source protection projects; see the Drinking Water Source Protection Fund
page for more information. For the infrastructure PPL, eligible projects are ranked based on the following six rating criteria areas:
- Risks to human health and health protection;
- Compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act;
- Drinking Water Source Protection;
- Community affordability;
- Cost effectiveness; and
- Consolidation or partnership of two or more systems.
The criteria used to establish funding priorities were adopted by Oregon under the Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) process and were approved by EPA. Refer to Development of Project Priority List for Intended Use Plan (pdf)
for additional information about the scoring process.
Eligible projects are combined with projects from previous years to create a Comprehensive PPL. Combining the projects allows Oregon to better manage the loan fund and to assure that ready-to-proceed projects can get financing quickly. The Fundable PPL now includes a more robust project description to meet the needs of DWS, IFA and EPA. This allows EPA to conduct a preliminary review and approve the PPL, so that IFA can invite the highest ranked ready-to-proceed water systems to begin their funding processes earlier than usual.
Once on the PPL, projects that have been determined as to being ready-to-proceed with funding, regardless of ranking, may begin the lending process with IFA and their Regional Coordinators
. The by-pass process allows ready-to-proceed projects that are lower on the PPL to be funded before projects higher on the PPL that are not ready to proceed. Refer to Development of Project Priority List for Intended Use Plan (pdf)
for additional information about the by-pass process. Projects, if not funded, can remain on the PPL for up to two years from the approval of the IUP.
All recipients of DWSRF funds must complete an environmental review on every project in accordance with the State Environmental Review Process (SERP). DWS follows the policies and procedures outlined in the reference manual Environmental Review Process Handbook (pdf)
. For more information about SERP, contact Debra Lambeth, Environmental Review Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 Fundable Project Priority List (PPL)
- For fiscal year 2015, 17 water systems submitted a LOI.
- All 17 of the proposed projects were eligible.
- Approximately $43 million in DWSRF assistance was requested to fund much needed infrastructure improvements through the 17 eligible projects.
- Fourteen of the 17 eligible projects, or 82 percent, are for small water systems serving less than 10,000—a six percent decrease from 2014. However, the number of eligible projects submitted doubled in 2015 compared to 2014.
To obtain copies of PPLs, contact Adam DeSemple, SRF Program Coordinator, at email@example.com
PPL public notices for comments will be posted to this website on a quarterly basis, provided there are new projects added to the PPL.
- PPL Public Notice for Comments: Now accepting public comments for the proposed DWSRF PPL between Wednesday, April 15, 2015, through Friday, May 15, 2015.
- SFY 2015 (3Q) PPL (PDF)