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About SWIG

Learn more about the SWIG program's requirements, eligibility and process.

The goal of the SWIG program is to reduce lead in school drinking water to the lowest levels possible. The Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (the Trust) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) are offering the SWIG program to further incentivize schools to test their drinking water fixtures and remediate any lead exceedances that are detected by providing grants to replace fixtures that are above the remediation action level.

The Trust and MassDEP launched the Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water in April 2016. The sampling program was designed to assist public K-12 schools as well as early education and child care facilities with assessing the levels of lead and copper in their drinking water. In May 2019, MassDEP released revised guidance to schools decreasing the remediation action level of lead in drinking water from 15 parts per billion (ppb) to less than 1 ppb. The sampling program uncovered thousands of samples that contained lead above the updated 1 ppb action level. Of the roughly 5,000 water fountains tested through the sampling program, 2,360 or 47% exceed the 1 ppb action level. Testing results may be found on the Energy and Environmental Affairs Data Portal for lead and copper testing results.

Program Overview

The program will provide grant funding to public schools for the purchase and installation of point-of-use filtered water bottle filling stations that have completed drinking water testing. Eligible applicants will submit an online application for all eligible schools through their district. Applicants that are awarded a grant will receive an award letter which denotes the amount of grant funds awarded, the allotted number of filling stations and the schools they are assigned to. Recipients will have 180 days to procure and install the fixtures and complete post-installation water testing to closeout the grant.

The following page will cover program eligibility and the award/post-award process.

SWIG Eligibility

The section below will briefly outline multiple elements of the program and their related eligibility and requirements.

Who is eligible to receive SWIG funding?

Eligible funding recipients are public school, early education facilities and childcare centers in a School District that has:

  1. Completed water quality sampling and testing through MassDEP’s Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water, or
  2. Completed sampling and testing in a comparable process approved by MassDEP, AND
  3. Entered the corresponding data to MassDEP’s Lead Contamination Control Act (LCCA) Program Management Tool.

What are the eligible uses of SWIG funds?

Eligible uses of the grant funds are

  1. Procurement of point-of-use (POU) filtered bottle filling stations.
  2. Procurement of POU filtered bottle filling retrofit fixtures.
  3. Procurement of replacement filters.
  4. Installation of the procured units.
  5. Post-Installation Testing

Note: Award funds may not be used to reimburse a District for previously purchased fixtures or any remediation activity undertaken before the grant was awarded.

What are the technical specifications for eligible fixtures and accessories?

Technical specifications for point-of-use fixtures, fixture installation and operation & maintenance (O&M) requirements can be found in the documents linked below. 

  1. SWIG Fixture Specifications
  2. Best Management Practices for the Installation of point-of-use fixtures
  3. Tips on O&M for point-of-use fixtures

Are there any program requirements for procuring fixtures or services?

Fixtures must be procured using the Operational Services Division's (OSD) the FAC100: Building Maintenance Repair and Operations Project Materials and Supplies statewide contract.

Recipients may procure installation services via OSD’s TRD01: Tradesperson Installation, Repair, Maintenance Services statewide contract, or rely on internal or established resources

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What is the SWIG Application Review and Award Process?

The Trust will review applications for eligibility. Applicants who meet the requirements, and subject to available funds will receive an award letter package that details the number of fixtures allocated to each school and the total grant amount. The package will provide directions on executing the grant agreement, program requirements and the next steps for the recipient.

The Trust reserves the right to consider applicants with large award requests outside of the award process, if that award would have a disproportionate impact on the availability of program funds.

How is the SWIG award calculated and what is the award timeline?

Grant awards are calculated on a per fixture basis. The current per fixture award is $3,000. These grant funds may be used for the procurement and installation of eligible fixtures, filters and replacement filters. Award funds will be disbursed in full to the grant recipient upon receipt of the executed grant documents found in the award letter package. 

Recipients will have 180 days from the date of award disbursement to procure, install and closeout the grant. If more time is needed, then recipients may request for an extension of up to 45 days. Award deadline extensions are at the sole discretion of the Trust.

What is the grant closeout process? 

Recipients are required to submit a grant closeout form to the Trust after completing the award requirements. The closeout form will ask that the recipient confirm the number of fixtures procured, cost of fixtures and cost of installation. 

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