Now is the time to apply for grants and low interest loans for drinking water and wastewater projects, with deadlines as early as March 5th. Special grants are also available for water softening projects through the Clean Water Fund.
Administered jointly by the Public Facilities Authority (PFA), the Minnesota Deparment of Health (MDH), and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the Drinking Water Revolving Fund and the Clean Water Fund provide below-market-rate loans to upgrade and construct public drinking water systems and wastewater treatment projects.
Cities, counties, townships, sanitary districts or other governmental subdivisions responsible for drinking water supply and wastewater treatment are eligible for low interest loans with interest rates as low as 1%. Grants are now available from the Clean Water Fund to fund lime softening water treatment facilities. Point Source Implementation grants are also available for units of local government to assist with infrastructure improvements that are necessary to meet wasteload reductions and reduce the discharge of total phosphorus and nitrogen into wastewater collection and treatment systems.