On Oct. 23, 2018, the President signed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018, containing provisions strengthening both the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). Every few years, Congress passes a water infrastructure bill, which largely covers the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers programs, but also amends existing water and wastewater infrastructure programs like the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Key provisions of the AWIA of 2018 include:
- Reauthorization of DWSRF and increase of authorized amounts to $1.17 B in 2019, $1.3 B in 2020 and $1.95 B in 2021.
- States must use between 6-35 percent of the DWSRF capitalization grant as additional subsidy (in Ohio called principal forgiveness). This is an increase from the current floor of zero and maximum of 30 percent.
- Extending the maximum DWSRF loan amortization to 30 years (up to 40 years for disadvantaged communities), or for the useful life of the facility, whichever is shorter.
- For the DWSRF, the American Iron and Steel requirement was made permanent from FY 2019-2023.
- Reauthorization of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and removal of its characterization as a pilot; authorizes $50m for each of FY20 and FY21.
- Authorization to create a program under the Securing Required Funds for Water Infrastructure Now (SRF WIN) Act that will dedicate some WIFIA funds to be used exclusively to leverage state SRF programs.
Ohio EPA is evaluating the provisions of AWIA to determine how to take advantage of the opportunities that it offers to support Ohio’s water and wastewater infrastructure.
Questions? Contact Jerry Rouch at email@example.com or (614) 644-3660.