Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) is a federal-state partnership program that provides low-interest loans and other low-cost financing for water infrastructure projects for eleven project types, including: constructing municipal wastewater facilities; controlling nonpoint sources of pollution; building decentralized wastewater treatment systems; creating green infrastructure projects; and protecting estuaries. Through the program, the EPA provides grants to all 50 states and Puerto Rico, with states matching 20 percent of the grants. These funds are used by state agencies to provide loans, insurance, grants, debt purchases, loan guarantees or other assistance to qualifying applicants.

Past funding recipients include the city of Struthers, Ohio, which received $5.4 million for a project that uses methane gas to power treatment processes at the e Struthers Water Pollution Control Facility to reduce the facility’s energy footprint. In Maine, The Long Creek Restoration project received a $2.1 million loan to install green stormwater components such as vegetative bioswales and soil media filters to reduce pollutant loading in Casco Bay.

Founded in 1987, the CWSRF had provided communities over $111 billion as of 2015. More information about the CWSRF program can be found on EPA's website, which provides more information on the funding program, the environmental and financial benefits related to the program to date, and links to guidance documents helping communities identify if this funding source is the right choice.

Applications for CWSRF assistance are submitted through state agencies.


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