EPA has released its 2018 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) annual report, which highlights the program’s accomplishments in the past year and establishes major focus areas for the fund’s third decade of operation. Highlights from the report include:
- In 2018, states provided more than $2.8 billion in new DWSRF infrastructure loans, the most assistance ever provided outside of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus package.
- States also funded $181 million for critical activities including operator certification, water system capacity development, and source water protection.
- In many states, nearly all counties had DWSRF-funded projects over the past decade.
Since the DWSRF’s inception, Congress has appropriated about $20 billion into the fund. These funds have gone both to the revolving loan fund and the state set-asides. Together, the 51 state DWSRF programs have effectively leveraged these funds to provide $38.2 billion in loans to the nation’s water systems and $3.2 billion to both states and water systems for set-aside programs to support capacity development, source water protection, and operator training and certification.