Del. Takes Applications For Water Infrastructure Loans, Grants
Delaware state agencies will start to accept applications for loan or grant moneyand wastewater system improvements, according to Governor John Carney.
What’s being called “historic levels of investment” will be made possible through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Delaware Clean Water Trust.
“Delawareans deserve clean water. It’s as simple as that,” Carney said Wednesday as he toured a City of Newark water facility that utilized money from the state Drinking Water Revolving Fund to make improvements. “Access to clean and safe water should be a promise we make to our residents, and we need to protect this resource for future generations. The combination of the Clean Water Trust – led by Representative Longhurst and Senator Townsend – and the new federal funding led by Senators Carper, Coons and Congresswoman Blunt Rochester, will help us deliver on the promise of clean water for all Delawareans.”
According to the Governor’s office:
Cities, towns, counties, water companies and communities are eligible to apply for the increased and more flexible funding coming from the federal government to the existing Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) administered by the state Division of Public Health and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF, which focuses on wastewater and stormwater projects) administered by the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. As directed by Congress, these existing processes will manage requests and inquiries related to this funding. The joint DWSRF/CWSRF workshop to begin the 2022 application process takes place Thursday, March 24 at 10 a.m. and pre-registration is open.
In the 2022 round of annual loans and grants, Delaware communities will have access to:
- $29 million for the general Drinking Water fund projects, such as source water protection, treatment, storage, distribution, cybersecurity and sustainable energy projects, which is almost three times as much as usual
- $16.5 million for the general Clean Water fund projects, such as wastewater treatment plant upgrades, septic elimination projects, and sewer interceptor rehabilitations, which is about twice as much as usual
- $28 million specifically for lead service drinking water line identification and, if needed, replacement, which is new dedicated funding
- $8 million for projects to address PFAS or other emerging contaminants in drinking water or wastewater systems, which is also new dedicated funding
“Clean water is critical to everything we do – from our health to our environment and to our economy – access to safe and clean water is a basic necessity,” Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long said. “Thanks to President Biden and our Congressional Delegation, these critical infrastructure funds along with the Clean Water Trust Fund will help ensure clean water for all Delaware communities, particularly the underserved. Protecting our water quality is the foundation of a stronger and healthier Delaware.”
“Planning for the future is a key strategy in responding to emerging contaminants,” Delaware Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said. “DPH is thankful and pleased to support Newark and other municipalities and communities in providing clean water to residents. The infrastructure investments being made now, and that will be possible with the funds coming to Delaware, will substantially expand DPH’s reach to ensure all Delawareans have access to safe drinking water.”