North Dakota is accepting completed questionnaires for projects to be included or to remain on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Project Priority List (PPL)—a required step toward possible funding by CWSRF in 2017. The CWSRF Program provides low interest, up-to-thirty-year loans to help pay for wastewater infrastructure projects that protect public health and bring into or maintain compliance with the Clean Water Act. The program is administered by the ND Department of Health in conjunction with the ND Public Finance Authority.
To receive funds from the CWSRF Program, political subdivisions (e.g., cities, counties, townships, sanitation, and similar governmental entities) must submit a completed questionnaire to be ranked for inclusion for possible SRF funding.
WHAT IT’S FOR:
Eligible project types include:
- Wastewater Treatment Plants
- Sewer Rehabilitation
- Sludge Management
- Nonpoint Source Activities
- Storm Water Control
- CSO Abatement
- Toxics Management
- Collection Systems (Existing Communities Only)
TYPE OF FUNDING:
The CWSRF Program provides low interest long-term loans. The current rate is 3% (2.5% interest, 0.5% administrative fee). According to a Division of Municipal Facilities memo dated October 20, 2016, however, the CWSRF Program is considering lowering the effective rate to 2% (1.5% interest, 0.5% administrative fee).
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE:
Applicants need to complete and submit questionnaires by December 14, 2016. Questionnaires must be completed for:
- New projects not currently on the PPL
- Projects already listed on the PPL but not currently under a CWSRF loan
Many communities work with a consulting engineer to help prepare the required technical documents (e.g., facility plan, building plans, specifications, bidding documents, operation and maintenance manuals, etc.).
If you need help navigating the process, contact Brad Bail, PE, a civil engineer and vice president of Widseth Smith Nolting.