Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center (EPA)
The EPA's Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center provides financial advice to communities for planning, design, and construction decisions related to water utility infrastructure. Founded in January, 2015, the Center seeks to promote effective use of federal funding programs and innovative procurement and partnership strategies, among other goals. The center supports a government-wide effort to increase infrastructure investment and promote economic growth.
As of 2016, the Center’s activities included encouraging peer-to-peer cooperation through Regional Finance Forums, supporting local communities in developing resilient and sustainable financial strategies through the WaterCARE Program, and promoting public-private and public-public partnerships. At this time, the Center was also developing a clearinghouse focused on stormwater financing.
The Center also provides technical assistance by featuring links to additional funding sources, information on the Community Assistance for Resiliency and Excellence (WaterCARE) program that helps communities with populations less than 100,000 develop finance planning strategies, potential customer assistance programs for low-income households, and a list of partners that help small and rural system owners form partnerships.