DPH: Call for Projects, Review and Ranking of Projects

Call for Projects, Review and Ranking of Projects

Eligible Public Water Systems may submit an Eligibility Application for a DWSRF loan at any time. Annually the Drinking Water Section will issue a Call for Projects which will establish a deadline to receive Eligibility Applications for projects that wish to be considered for the upcoming State Fiscal Year’s (SFY) Project Priority List (PPL). The annual PPL identifies all of the projects expected to receive the available DWSRF funds for that year. Applications received after the PPL deadline will be processed and periodically added to a Comprehensive Project List (CPL) after the revised CPL undergoes the federally required 30 day public comment period. The CPL includes all projects for which funding has been requested, including those appearing on the PPL, and is considered to be a “waiting list” for future DWSRF loans. Any project on the CPL that is ready to proceed may be eligible for immediate funding if sufficient DWSRF funding is available. It is the DPH’s goal to fully utilize the available DWSRF funds each year. Often times, there are projects on the PPL that get delayed and are unable to proceed in a timely manner. In those instances, the DPH may by-pass those delayed projects and offer those funds to the highest ranking project(s) on the CPL that is ready to proceed. Refer to the Intended Use Plan for more information regarding the CPL and bypass procedures.

The annual Call for Projects is issued via e-mail to all PWSs eligible to receive DWSRF loans, municipal Chief Elected Officials and local Directors of Health. The Call for Projects is also posted on the DPH Drinking Water Section’s (DWS) website. The solicitation period for annual PPL projects runs for approximately 60-90 days. PWSs are encouraged to submit projects which promote green infrastructure and energy or water efficiency. Please refer to the Green Project Reserve webpage from more information and to find the “Green Project Information Form” and guidance.

Call for Projects for SFY 2018

The Call for Projects for SFY 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) solicitation period for submitting Eligibility Applications  to be considered for the initial drafting of the SFY 2018 Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List has ended. However, The Call for Projects is on-going and new Eligibility Applications are accepted at any time. For more information, please read the Call for Projects notice below and the Priority Ranking System further down on this page. All applications must be submitted electronically to DPH.CTDWSRF@ct.gov.

Eligibility Application

PWSs must submit an Eligibility Application for each independent DWSRF project. A project’s eligibility for funding, its priority ranking point score and its readiness to proceed is based on the information submitted with this application. Please note, this application is for eligibility and inclusion in DPH’s Intended Use Plan; it is not the application for a loan from the DWSRF program.

Please review the Priority Ranking System (below) before completing the application. Several updates and improvements have been made, including those to reflect the new project point table. If you have a project which proposes to consolidate or connect to another PWS, or connect private wells with water quality or quantity issues, please complete and attach the appropriate form(s) to the Eligibility Application.

If you have an emergency power generator project with a total project cost of less than $100,000, please visit the Emergency Power Generator Program webpage. A different Eligibility Application is required for projects seeking funding through this program.

Project Examples
For some ideas of eligible and ineligible projects, please view our SRF Project Examples (pdf) document.  The DWSRF program may be able to fund the planning phase, design phase, and construction phase of an eligible drinking water project.

New in 2017 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clarified funding for service line replacements on private property. The DWSRF program may fund the complete service line replacement, regardless of pipe material and ownership of the property on which the service line is located. Please refer to their May 9, 2016 memo for more information.

Review and Ranking of Projects

The DWS reviews project Eligibility Applications for completeness and eligibility for DWSRF funding. Points are assigned based on Priority Ranking System established by the DPH and approved by the EPA. The total points assigned to each project along with each project’s readiness to proceed will be used to prepare the Project Priority List.

NEW for 2018: The Priority Ranking System has undergone major revisions to update the overall document as well as reflect current drinking water issues. In addition, some changes were made to address comments received from PWSs during the IUP public hearing process. Please review this document prior to completing the Eligibility Application. Major changes have been made to the project point table. If you have any questions, contact the DPH DWSRF Unit.

Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List

The DPH prepares an annual Intended Use Plan (IUP) that identifies how the State intends to use the limited amount of DWSRF funding available for that year. The IUP is provided to the EPA as part of the DPH’s annual capitalization grant application for federal DWSRF funds.

The DPH is federally required to solicit meaningful public input when each IUP is developed. The DPH is also required by State law to hold a public hearing on the draft Project Priority List (PPL) that is included in the IUP. The DPH publishes the draft IUP and PPL for a 30 day public comment period followed by a public hearing. The public hearing on the State Fiscal Year 2017 IUP and PPL was held on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the DPH. The finalized Hearing Report, IUP and PPL for SFY 2017 are provided below.

Revised SFY 2017 IUP - Now Final

The DPH has revised the SFY 2017 IUP to reflect a change in scope for a project on the Carryover List. The increased amount of funds to be provided as a result of the expanded scope will not result in another fundable project losing any funding or portion of funding. As required by federal law, the DPH made these revisions available for a 30 day public review and comment period. No comments were received. The DPH has incorporated the changes into the IUP.

This revised IUP is available below.
Draft SFY 2018 IUP – coming soon!

The DPH expects the draft SFY 2018 IUP to be made available in the near future.  It is anticipated that the draft SFY 2018 IUP and notice of the public hearing will also be made available through the Secretary of the State’s “State Agency Public Meeting Calendar” website (https://egov.ct.gov/pmc). As usual, the notice of the public hearing and copy of the draft IUP will be sent via email to all applicants who submitted a Project Eligibility Application for SFY 2018 funding.  If you have any questions, you may contact the DWSRF program via email (DPH.CTDWSRF@ct.gov), or by calling the Drinking Water Section at 860-509-7333 and asking for a DWSRF Program representative.

Prior Year's Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List

The IUP and PPL for State Fiscal Year 2016 are available below.

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