Water Conservation

Water Reuse Resources

Beyond State regulatory resources and EPA water reuse guidance are other financial and technical resources. These include references to grant and loan programs as well as MDE contact information, and external sources of assistance including key trade associations.


Grants

Key advice on financing water reuse from an expert: Make the case that your water reuse funding need supports an environmental "sustainability project." Doing so will open many doors.

Your project probably has many elements to it, some of which are more attractive to some funders than others. So, think in terms of funding different pieces of your project from targeted funding sources. For example, a water quality grant from the State Department of Environment or Natural Resources might fund a water treatment piece, an energy efficiency grant from the Maryland Energy Administration or US Department of Energy might fund efficient pumps and solar power pieces and a community development grant might help fund a piece of the project that can be characterized as entrepreneurial business development that will help expand the local tax base.

  • Bay Restoration Fund: If your project involves the cost-effective reduction of nitrogen or phosphorus, e.g., via spray irrigation, you might be able to access Bay Restoration Funding. Or, perhaps your water reuse project is also stormwater management project.

  • Watershed Assistance Grant: This grant supports engineering designs for activities that reduce nutrients to the Chesapeake Bay. Once a shovel ready design is in hand, you may be able to compete for a grant from the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund (See below). The feasibility and design of a spray irrigation system has qualified for funding by the Watershed Assistance grant in the past.

  • MDE Water Quality Financing Administration (WQFA): WQFA is the Maryland Department of Environment's clearinghouse for capital grants and loans, including management of the EPA revolving loan programs and Maryland's Bay Restoration Fund.

  • Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund (Leaving MDE)

  • Water Reuse Funding Opportunities: Although dated 2016, this listing assembled by the WateReuse Association identifies a number of solicitations that repeat. It should be noted that the WaterSmart Grant, from the US Bureau of Reclamation, is currently available only to western states.

  • Water Reuse Research Funding: The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WR&RF) "funds water quality research on behalf of its subscribers, and facilitates collaboration among organizations seeking funding partners for high-priority issues."

  • Green Infrastructure Funding Opportunities: The nexus between stormwater management and storm/rain water harvesting is a close one. Some of the funding opportunities identified in this resource listing can support water reuse in an urban setting.

  • USDA Water and Waste Program: This federal Department of Agriculture Rural Development program provides grants for a wide range of water and waste disposal needs for rural areas. The grants are typically part of a loan intended to make projects affordable for a local community.

  • Maryland Energy Administration Financing: Need a solar energy component to your water reuse project? Need and energy efficient pump? Investigate the energy angle of funding part of your project, including incentive programs.

  • Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC): MCEC, established by the Maryland General Assembly, provides a wide variety of financial resources for businesses, which can help address energy components of a water reuse system.

  • Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE Grants): This is a US Department of Energy exchange that lists "Funding Opportunity Announcements" (FOAs) and notices of intent (NOIs) for future FOAs. The vast majority will not be a good fit, so you need to mine the information for that valuable nugget.

  • Other EERE Grants: Many financial opportunities are available besides EERE funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). Like FOAs, some are competitive, while others are non-competitive.

Loans

  • State Revolving Loan Funds: First thing to know is that many jurisdictions in need will qualify for "supplements," which are basically grants or loan forgiveness. The State has two revolving loan funds. One, the Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund (WQRLF), provides financial assistance for a wide variety of projects to protect or improve the quality of Maryland's waters. The second, the Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund (DWRLF), supports projects has wide applicability, from planning to supporting infrastructure for which there could be a nexus to water reuse projects, e.g., water reuse to relieve demand on a drinking water supply. An EPA 2-page primer on using the the Water Quality fund to support water reuse and conservation projects is a good introduction.

  • USDA Water and Waste Program: This federal Department of Agriculture program provides loanss for a wide range of water and waste disposal needs for rural areas.

  • USDA Farm Service Agency: This federal agency offers a wide variety of financing services, including micro loans, specialty loans, youth loans and more.

  • Farm Credit - MidAtlantic: Financing for irrigation, or other farming water management needs associated with water reuse, might benefit from this ag-oriented lending institution. They provide Farm Equipment Loans that can be used at a wide range of equipment dealers. You might also qualify for special one of their special lending programs, which include young, new and minority farmers.

  • Farm Plus Financial - Maryland: Financing for irrigation, or other farming water management needs associated with water reuse, might benefit from this ag-oriented lending institution. They include a Resources page that can help with general financing research.

  • Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program: The US Department of Agriculture provides a variety of small loans secured through local Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs). The sole certified MDO in Maryland is Maryland Capital Enterprises.

Financial & Technical Guidance


 

Up Next: Water Reuse Goals

The next section of Maryland's water reuse website addresses the goals and progress.

Learn more about Maryland's Water Reuse Goals & Progress. (Next Page)

 

Contact Information

Please direct questions or comments to Jim George.​​