Brief description of program
Loans for wastewater facility construction are available through the Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (also known as the Clean Water State Revolving Fund), from which loans are made for projects at below-market interest rates. Interest rate subsidies and/or principal forgiveness may be provided based on the affordability of the project.
Eligible projects are those that meet the EPA description for 212 (centralized wastewater projects). Examples include: New wastewater treatment plant, upgrade or expansion, or Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project; pump station (new or upgrade); new collector sewers or interceptors; surface water management projects under an MS4 permit; sewer rehabilitation project.
Annually, DNREC develops a Project Priority List (PPL) of projects that will receive funding during the next fiscal year. The development of the PPL begins in January when eligible wastewater utilities are notified of the opportunity to submit a Notice-of-Intent (NOI) to apply for funding. From the NOI, a draft PPL is developed and put out for public review each year. Projects are ranked on their environmental benefit.
There is also a second solicitation for projects in July/August timeframe and the PPL is amended to add the new projects. After the PPL is adopted, those applicants whose projects are on the fundable portion of the list will be contacted to submit a loan application for funding.
There are numerous state and federal requirements attached to the funding. A copy of the most recent program requirements for 212 projects can be found by clicking here. The program requirements for a specific project may vary depending on project type, size, and any other co-funding.
Greg Pope, P.E.
Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
Office of the Secretary
5 E. Reed Street, Suite 200
Dover, DE 19901