What: The Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program provides for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. If funds are available, a grant may be combined with a loan if necessary to keep user costs reasonable.
Funds may be used to finance the acquisition, construction or improvement of:
- Drinking water sourcing, treatment, storage and distribution
- Sewer collection, transmission, treatment and disposal
- Solid waste collection, disposal and closure
- Storm water collection, transmission and disposal
In some cases, funding may also be available for related activities such as:
- Legal and engineering fees
- Land acquisition, water and land rights, permits and equipment
- Start-up operations and maintenance
- Interest incurred during construction
- Purchase of facilities to improve service or prevent loss of service
- Other costs determined to be necessary for completion of the project
- See 7 CFR Part 1780.7 and 1780.9 for a complete list
Eligible applicants include most state and local governmental entities, private nonprofits, and federally recognized tribes.
Eligible areas that may be served include rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less, tribal ands in rural areas, and colonias.