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Water: Safe Drinking Water Act

Grants and Other Funding under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

This page describes who may receive federal financial assistance from EPA and what types of grants are awarded under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Included links to grants awarded to water utilities under the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 for water security plans and training and links to research grants.

Which federal programs receive financial assistance?

States and tribes with primary enforcement for Federal programs authorized under SDWA

States, tribes, the District of Columbia, Territories and possessions of the United States are eligible to receive Capitalization grants for infrastructure improvement: Drinking Water State Revolving Fund


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Where can I find more information about financial assistance authorized under SDWA?


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Where can I find the laws and regulations that apply to financial assistance under SDWA?


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What competitive funding opportunities are available?

Training and Technical Assistance for Small Systems (Closed, preliminary selections made)
EPA expects to competitively award up to $12.7 million for training and technical assistance to small public water systems, wastewater systems and private well owners located in urban and rural communities.

Technical Assistance and Support for Improved Protection of Drinking Water Sources (Closed)
The EPA is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to provide technical assistance and support to develop and expand the capability of state Underground Injection Control (UIC) programs (Classes I – VI), tribes with UIC primacy, and state and tribal source water protection programs. EPA expects to award up to $900,000 that will be incrementally funded at approximately $300,000 per year for a three-year project period.

Related Resources

Financing Alternatives Comparison Tool (FACT) - A financial analysis tool that helps identify the most cost effective method to fund a wastewater or drinking water management project. This tool produces a comprehensive analysis that compares various financing options for these projects by incorporating financing, regulatory, and other important costs.

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