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Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
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The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) is a low-interest loan program for community and nonprofit non-community water systems. It is designed to finance drinking water system improvem​​​ents that are needed ​to reduce health risks and/or maintain or regain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). In Oregon, the DWSRF program is often referred to as the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund (SDWRLF).

Each federal fiscal year, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses a federal grant application process to make funds available to states for the DWSRF. Oregon's grant request process begins by identifying and collecting information about current Oregon drinking water system project improvement needs statewide.

Drinking water systems submit information about their proposed drinking water projects in a Letter of Interest (LOI). The state reviews and prioritizes the requests, creating a Project Priority List (PPL). The PPL is included in the State's Intended Use Plan (IUP), which is provided each year to EPA for approval. The IUP demonstrates how Oregon intends to use its appropriated grant for that year. Once EPA has reviewed and approved the IUP, the federal funds may then begin to be released.

See the following for more information:
  • Incentives & Eligibility
    Learn more about who can apply, what the money can be used for, and advantages of using the DWSRF to fund your project.
  • Letter of Interest (LOI)
    Information on the initial application process for drinking water infrastructure projects.
  • Project Priority List (PPL)
    Information on the rating and ranking of infrastructure projects to establish funding priorities.
  • Drinking Water Source Protection Fund (DWSPF)
    Learn about the application and review process for drinking water source protection projects.
  • Intended Use Plan (IUP)
    Information on the IUP and the public review process.
  • Resources
    Find additional resources including successful DWSRF projects, workshops, tools, other funding sources, reports on infrastructure and financing trends in the water industry, useful websites and agency contacts.
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