New Mexico
Environment Department

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Drinking Water Bureau

Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRLF)

Announcement of Public Review and Comment on the Proposed Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List for State Fiscal Year 2022.

Comments Accepted until June 30, 2021

The New Mexico Environment Department Drinking Water Bureau and the New Mexico Finance Authority invite the public to review and comment on the State Fiscal Year 2022 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan. The Safe Drinking Water Act amendments of 1996 authorized a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program to assist eligible public water systems to finance the cost of the infrastructure needed to achieve or maintain compliance with the SDWA requirements and protect public health. This Intended Use Plan details the intended use for State Fiscal Year 2022.

Click the following link to view or download the  DRAFT SFY22 DWSRLF Intended Use Plan 

Comments will be accepted until June 30th, 2021 and should be addressed to:

New Mexico Environment Department
Drinking Water Bureau
PO. Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502-5469
Attn: Jill Turner
jill.turner@state.nm.us

For more information about the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (terms, eligibility, application and award processes), contact the Community Services Team Member that serves your area or email us at NMENV-dwbfunding@state.nm.us.

Aviso de Invitan al Público a Examinar y Comentar Sobre el Plan de Uso de Fondos Rotativos Estatales para el Agua Potable Previsto para el año fiscal estatal 2022

La Autoridad Financiera de Nuevo México y la Oficina de Agua Potable del Departamento del Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México invitan al público a examinar y comentar sobre el Plan de uso de fondos rotativos estatales para el agua potable previsto para el año fiscal estatal 2022. Las enmiendas de la Ley relativa al agua potable segura (SDWA por su sigla en inglés) de 1996 autorizaron la creación de un programa de Fondos rotativos estatales para el agua potable (DWSRF por su sigla en inglés) con el fin de ayudar a los sistemas públicos de abastecimiento de agua elegibles a financiar el costo de la infraestructura necesaria para lograr o mantener los estándares exigidos por la ley SDWA y proteger la salud pública. Este Plan de uso previsto detalla los usos previstos para el año fiscal estatal 2022. Los interesados podrán examinar el proyecto del plan en  DRAFT SFY22 DWSRLF Intended Use Plan o se puede obtener llamando a Karen Torres al (505) 213-6832 o se nmenv-dwbfunding@state.nm.us.

Se aceptarán comentarios hasta el 29 de junio de 2021, que deberán enviarse a:

New Mexico Environment Department
Drinking Water Bureau
PO. Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502-5469
Attn: Jill Turner
jill.turner@state.nm.us

DWSRLF Overview

Public water systems (PWS) can apply for funding to help them with new public water system construction or improvements to an existing public water system. The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau co-administers the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRLF) with the New Mexico Finance Authority. This fund provides low-cost financial assistance to public water systems to finance the cost of repair and replacement of drinking water infrastructure; to ensure compliance with drinking water regulations; and to protect drinking water quality and public health.

DWSRLF- Advantages

The DWSRLF offers low-interest, fixed-rate loans. Current interest rates are:

  • Public disadvantaged water system – 0%
  • Public non-disadvantaged water system – 1%
  • Private, non-profit water system – 3%
  • Private, for-profit water system – 4%

DWSRLF loans are for up to 30 years following a two-year construction period. Principal forgiveness subsidy may also be available to reduce the cost of your project. Subsidy amounts range from 25% for publicly-owned water systems and up to 75% of the project cost for qualifying severely disadvantaged systems, depending on project ranking and available funds.

A DWSRLF award can be used to meet matching requirements for Water Trust Board and other state funding sources.

We have dedicated assistance with applying and qualifying for funding through the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Group  Community Services Team. View the Community Services Map to find the coordinator that serves your area.

Eligibility

 Projects that protect drinking water quality and public health are eligible for DWSRLF, including:

  • New and replacement water sources
  • Treatment
  • Transmission and distribution lines
  • Storage
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems
  • Infrastructure to interconnect or regionalize water systems
  • Energy efficiency and water conservation projects

In addition to funding costs needed for project construction, the DWSRLF can also finance planning, design and associated pre-project costs, and land acquisition needed for locating project components. For more information on eligible projects please see the EPA DWSRF Eligibility Handbook.

How to Apply for DWSRLF Funds

STEP ONE:

Submit a Project Interest Form online at swim.water.web.env.nm.gov. Project Interest Forms are accepted year-round however, project priority Lists are generated on a tri-annual basis.  The deadlines for submission for each project list is described in the table below.

Submission Deadlines
SFY 21 Annual Priority List
SFY 21 Fall List Update
SFY 21 Spring List Update
SFY 21 Annual Priority List
Project Interest Forms submitted by: February 3, 2020 July 1, 2020 October 1, 2020 February 8, 2021
Required supplemental documents submitted by: March 4, 2020 August 3, 2020 December 1, 2020 March 8, 2021
Draft Priority List Posted for Public Comment on: May 29, 2020 May 28, 2021
Final Priority Lists Published on: July 1, 2020 September 1, 2020 February 1, 2021 July 1, 2021

 

STEP TWO:

Within 5 business days, DWB staff will contact you to request supplemental documentation. Instructions for submitting this documentation are outlined in our Project Interest Form Supplemental Document Checklist. A Project Interest Form Supplemental Document Glossary is also available that describes each of the documents we are requesting and how we evaluate them. All water systems that submit a Project Interest Form and supplemental documents will be placed on a Comprehensive Priority List.

STEP THREE:

DWB and NMFA will review your Project Interest Form and supplemental documents to determine if you meet the following criteria:

1.  Capacity to maintain compliance with federal and state drinking water regulations

2.  The project is determined ready-to-proceed within six months from publication of the Project Priority Lists

3.   Financial ability to repay a DWSRLF loan

If your project meets these criteria, you will be placed on a Fundable Project List if not DWB will offer you free assistance to meet the eligibility criteria and include the project on the Comprehensive Project list. Projects on the Priority Lists are ranked according to SFY21 DWSRLF PROJECT RANKING CRITERIA. DWSRLF funding is allocated in the order projects are ranked.

STEP FOUR:

If your project is included on a Fundable Priority List, NMFA will invite you to submit a DWSRLF Application. Go to WWW.NMFA.NET for more information.

DWSRF SFY22 IUP Public Involvement Plan (PIP)

The purpose of this PIP is to provide information about opportunities to participate in the public comment period for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund State Fiscal Year 2021 Intended Use Plan. The PIP integrates information  from a statewide Limited-English Proficient (“LEP”) evaluation to determine the extent to which LEP services are necessary for the affected communities and identifies resources needed by the Bureau.  The PIP identifies the Department staff and resources needed to incorporate community participation activities into the decision-making process for the public comment period for the DWSRF SFY21 IUP

Click the following link to view or download the DWSRF SFY22 IUP Public Involvement Plan