Water Quality Financing Administration

New Announcing the Federal FY2018/State FY2020 Financial Assistance Solicitation 
 
Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration invites you to apply by January 31, 2018 for capital project funding from the following programs:
  • Water Quality State Revolving Loan (WQSRF) - Low interest rate loan and loan principal forgiveness (if eligible) for publicly-owned treatment works projects and publicly or privately-owned non-treatment works projects.
  • Drinking Water State Revolving Loan (DWSRF) - Low interest rate loan and loan principal forgiveness (if eligible) for public or privately-owned drinking water projects.
  • Bay Restoration Fund Wastewater Program - Grant funds for 
·         BNR to ENR upgrade at major or minor wastewater treatment plants (up to 100% of eligible project cost). 
·         Improvements to existing wastewater conveyance systems (up to 87.5% of project cost).  
·         Sewer extension to connect homes on septic systems to a BNR/ENR wastewater treatment plant (up to $20,000 per home connected).  
·         Nitrogen reducing BAT upgrade at shared community septic systems (up to $10,000 per home connected).  
·         Stormwater (MS4) projects by local governments with a system of charges (up to 50% of project cost)*.
  • Water Supply Financial Assistance - Grant funds not to exceed $1.5 million for drinking water projects at publicly-owned facilities, based on system size, compliance, and affordability.
Please see the Subsidy Funding Eligibility Charts (under Associated Documents toward the bottom of this page) for more information.  Threshold and funding requirements are discussed in the application forms

 

If your project will be ready-to-proceed to construction by December 2019, please complete a separate application for each capital project* for which you are seeking financial assistance and submit to MDE per instructions provided on the application.  If you previously applied for financial assistance and your project was only partially or not funded, a new/updated application is required.

 
* Applicants with stormwater projects to meet MS4 permits may (and are strongly encouraged to) submit multiple BMP projects that will start construction within 12 – 18 months as a “program” of projects using a single funding application, as opposed to submitting individual BMP projects in separate applications.  
 
All applications must be received by MDE no later than January 31, 2018.
 
Application Forms (fillable pdf; once the form opens, save it to your computer before using)
 
 
 
 
 
For a Microsoft Word version of an application, please email elaine.dietz@maryland.gov

 

FFY 2017/State FY 2019 Final EPA-Approved Documents 

Final FFY 2017/State FY 2019 Clean Water Project Priority List

Final FFY 2017 Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund Intended Use Plan Table 1

Final FFY 2017 Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund Intended Use Plan Document

Final FFY 2017/State FY 2019 Drinking Water Project Priority List

Final FFY 2017 Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Intended Use Plan Table 1

Final FFY 2017 Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Intended Use Plan Document

Public Hearing Responsiveness Summary for the FFY 2017/State FY 2019 IUPs and PPLs 

Please note: 

  • Official notification regarding projects selected to receive Federal FY 2017 Revolving Loan Fund financing has been made..
  • Official notification regarding projects selected receive State FY 2019 grant funds will be made in May/June 2018, following the close of the 2018 legislative session.  
FFY 2016/State FY 2018 Final EPA-Approved Documents

Final FFY 2016/State FY 2018 Clean Water Project Priority List

Final FFY 2016 Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund Intended Use Plan Table 1 - amended 10/13/16 

Final FFY 2016 Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund Intended Use Plan Document

Final FFY 2016/State FY 2018 Drinking Water Project Priority List

Final FFY 2016 Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Intended Use Plan Table 1 - amended 10/13/16

Final FFY 2016 Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Intended Use Plan Document

Public Hearing Responsiveness Summary for the FFY 2016/State FY 2018 IUPs and PPLs 

 

Please contact Elaine Dietz at elaine.dietz@maryland.gov or (410) 537-3908 with any questions.


Purpose and Mission

The mission of the Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration (WQFA) is to provide financial assistance in the form of low interest rate loans and/or grant funding for clean water and drinking water capital projects across the State. 

Eligible types of projects include:

  • Water quality point source projects
  • Drinking water projects
  • Non-point source pollution control projects
  • Septic system upgrade projects  

The WQFA administers the loan and grant programs described below:
  

Financial Program

Purpose

Water Quality Revolving Loan Program (WQRLF)

Provides low-interest loans to local governments to finance wastewater treatment plant upgrades, nonpoint source projects, and other water quality and public health improvement projects.

Drinking Water Revolving Loan Program (DWRLF)

Provides low-interest loans to local governments to finance water supply improvements and upgrades.

Water Supply Assistance Grant Program

Helping communities meet their water supply needs.

Biological Nutrient Removal Cost -Share Grant Program

Upgrade of publicly-owned wastewater facilities with biological nutrient removal.

Bay Restoration Fund Wastewater Grant Program 

  • ENR upgrade at major or minor wastewater treatment plants.
  • Improvements to existing wastewater conveyance systems. (New)
  • Sewer extension to connect homes on septic systems to a BNR/ENR wastewater treatment plant. (New)
  • Nutrient-reducing BAT shared community septic systems. (New)
  • Stormwater (MS4) projects by local governments with a system of charges. (New)

Bay Restoration Fund - Septic System Grant Program

Upgrades of existing septic systems to best available technology for nitrogen reduction to the Bay.

Linked Deposit Program

Water quality capital improvements


Both loan programs receive federal funding from  the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and offer below market interest rate loans to eligible borrowers, while ensuring the perpetuity of the revolving funds.

The WQFA is authorized to issue revenue bonds subject to approval of the State Board of Public Works and Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment.  Bonds issued by the WQFA do not constitute a debt or the full faith and credit pledge of the State or any political subdivision.  The bonds are paid solely from WQFA revenues as pledged under the bond indenture for each of the above Funds.

The WQFA works very closely with MDE’s Engineering and Capital Projects Program (ECPP, formerly the Water Quality Infrastructure Program).  The ECPP is responsible for the development and implementation of capital projects to correct public health and water quality problems and provides restoration measures that lead to water quality and habitat benefits.  The ECPP provides technical assistance to local government and eligible private entities.


Reports:


For Septic Grants:


Associated Documents

 

For additional information, please call (410) 537-3119.

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