Water Management Act Grant Programs for Public Water Suppliers

Descriptions of grants available to help water suppliers comply with the requirements of the Water Management Act.

Grants are available for projects to help public water suppliers plan and manage water use in their communities. 

Statewide Water Management Act Grant

This grant program is designed to assist eligible public water suppliers and municipalities with Water Management Act permits by providing funds for planning assistance, demand management, and withdrawal impact mitigation projects in local communities. The Department has determined that the focus of these grants will be for: 1) planning projects for specific watersheds or subwatersheds to identify implementation projects to improve ecological conditions; 2) conservation projects aimed to reduce the demand for water within a municipality or a watershed, such as rate studies or drought resiliency planning; and 3) withdrawal mitigation projects that address the following: improve or increase instream flow, wastewater projects that keep water local, stormwater management projects that improve recharge, reduce impervious cover and/or improve water quality, water supply operational improvements, habitat improvement, demand management, reduction of wastewater inflow and infiltration, and other projects that can be demonstrated to mitigate the impacts of water withdrawals.

  • Awards: approximately 10 per year
  • Reimbursement rate: 80%

Grant Links:

Water Management Act Grant FY 2019 Question & Answer Document

Water Management Act Grant Opportunity Notice

RFR BRP 2019-01-WMA, State Fiscal Year 2019 Water Management Act Grant


Additional forms to attach to application:

Prompt Pay Discount Form

Sample EEA Policy Statement

Additional Environmentally Preferable Products/Practices Form


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M36 Water Audit Opportunity

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is soliciting interest from Water Management Act (WMA) registrants and permit holders to receive a free American Water Works Association (AWWA) M36 “Top-Down” Audit from a private consulting firm.

NOTE: Deadline extended to November 16, 2018.

M36 Water Audit Opportunity Notice

M36 Water Audit Request for Interest

Statewide GIS Mapping Technical Assistance Available

The Department is soliciting information and expressions of interest from Public Water Suppliers (PWSs) and Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) to receive free technical assistance in developing or enhancing Geographic Information System (GIS) maps of their drinking water distribution or sewer collection systems from a private consulting firm (the consulting firm has yet to be determined). Based on the response to this Request for Information and Expressions of Interest (RFI), a list of PWSs and POTWs interested and ready for GIS mapping assistance will be created. The list is expected to be used by a consultant (to be selected later) through a Request for Quotes (RFQ) to be released by MassDEP later this year. Please see the RFI document linked below for details on how to respond.

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