Focus On Water
Wastewater and Drinking Water Financial Assistance Programs



The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, in coordination with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, distributes funds from two major revolving loan fund programs. These two programs – the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (for wastewater treatment facilities) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund – also provide funding for some related grants programs, including: Small Town Grants; Planning Grants for Preliminary Engineering Reports; Wastewater Facility Planning Grants; Source Water Protection Grants; and Emergency Grants.



Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund

Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund
(for wastewater treatment facilities)

The Nebraska Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF) program provides low interest loans and small community matching grants to municipalities for construction of wastewater treatment facilities and sanitary sewer collection systems to alleviate public health and environmental problems. The loan principal repayments go into new loans and interest earnings on the fund is used

1) to pay off the state match bond issues, and

2) to make new loans. More information



Wastewater Facility Planning Grants
(A subprogram of the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund)
Planning grants of up to $20,000 are available to Nebraska’s publicly-owned wastewater treatment works in communities with populations of less than 10,000. More information



Small Town Grants
(A subprogram of the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund)
The small town grant program provides grants to municipalities with population of 10,000 or less. More information


Wastewater Emergency Grants
The Department has authority to provide Emergency Grant funding from the Administrative Cash Fund. NDEE administers Emergency Grant funding in accordance with
Title 131, chapter 2. Such grants shall not be used for routine repair or maintenance of facilities, and may be combined with a loan.


Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund Publications, Reports and CWSRF Intended Use Plan




Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund


The
Nebraska Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF) program provides low interest loans and loan forgiveness to owners of public drinking water systems. The loan principal repayments go into new loans and interest earnings on the Fund is used

1) to pay off the state match bond issues, and

2) to make new loans.


An agreement between NDEE and NHHS-DPH, effective Oct. 30, 1997, defined the authority of the two agencies in administering the program. More information



Planning Grants: Drinking Water Preliminary Engineering reports
(A subprogram of the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund)
Planning grants of up to $20,000 are available to Nebraska’s publicly-owned water supply systems serving populations of less than 10,000. More information



Source Water Protection Grants/Wellhead Protection Implementation Grants
(A subprogram of the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund)
Approximately $200,000 per year is available to finance projects that protect public drinking water sources. Grant supported projects can include those that address drinking water quality, quantity, security, and/or education. More information



Public Water System Security Grants
(A subprogram of the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund)
Public Water System Security Grants activity may be funded from a set-aside in the DWSRF Loan Fund. The intent of this grant is to provide funds to public water systems serving a population of 10,000 or less to improve the security of public water supplies.



Drinking Water Emergency Funding
(A subprogram of the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund)
NDEE has the authority to provide Emergency Funding, as a grant, as a loan or as a combination of a grant and loan from the Administration Cash Fund under the authority of LB80. Emergency Funding will be administered in accordance with the procedures as described in Title 131, Chapter 3 and Title 131, Chapter 9. It must be documented that the emergency jeopardizes the PWS’s ability to provide an adequate supply of safe drinking water on a continuous basis. Approval of the project must be obtained from NDHHS-DPH.



Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Publications, Reports and DWSRF Intended Use Plan