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This program provides low-cost financing to help community public water suppliers comply with federal and state drinking water requirements.
The program's goals are to protect public health and strengthen compliance with drinking water requirements, while addressing the Commonwealth's drinking water needs, through affordability and proper watershed management priorities.
You can receive financial assistance for the engineering, design, and construction of drinking water projects, such as new wastewater treatment facilities that protect public health and improve compliance with federal and state drinking water regulations.
Eligible projects include:
Ineligible projects include:
To be considered for funding, a public water supplier must complete a project evaluation form (PEF) during the project solicitation period in May. The application requires thorough information showing the project's significant benefits to public health or drinking water quality, local funding authorization, and a commitment that the borrower can file a timely loan application. MassDEP will rank the projects using a rating system which assigns points on the basis of various criteria.
These criteria include the extent to which the project:
The current subsidy level is provided via a 2% interest loan. The Program will operate with approximately $ 100-125 million in financing annually.
For more information, you can contact:
Drinking Water Program staff in DEP's Boston office:
Municipal Services staff in Boston:
Steve McCurdy, Director