State Revolving Loan Fund
Offering financial assistance to communities for water pollution control and water supply infrastructure projects.
The State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan programs support drinking water safety, water quality, and public health through low-cost financial assistance.
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) programs are federally funded through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and therefore subject to federal provisions including Environmental Review, American Iron and Steel (AIS), Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and Single Audit.
NHDES works closely with the loan recipients, engineers and contractors to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal regulatory requirements.
CWSRF and DWSRF construction projects must comply with the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA ensures agencies consider the significant environmental and socio-economic impacts of proposed actions and informs the public about the decision making. Loan recipients, or their consultants, are required to submit an Environmental Review Template in order to initiate the environmental review process.
On May 20, 2021 Executive Order (EO) 14030 reinstated Executive Order 13690, Establishing a Federal Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input (January 30, 2015), which established the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) for federally funded projects. FFRMS will be implemented in the design and Environmental Review processes for any SRF-funded Drinking Water and Clean Water Infrastructure projects that meet the defined criteria. For more information, please review NHDES Understanding the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) for State Revolving Fund (SRF) Projects.
- American Iron and Steel
- Davis-Bacon & Related Acts
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
- Build America Buy America (BABA)
American Iron & Steel (AIS)
The American Iron and Steel (AIS) provision requires that projects funded through the State Revolving Fund must use iron and steel products manufactured in the United States. This requirement applies to projects for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public water system, a wastewater system, or treatment works. More information can be found on EPA's website or in the AIS Flyer.
AIS requirements must be incorporated into the front-end documents of a bid package.
The AIS De Minimis Waiver permits the use of incidental miscellaneous nondomestic iron and steel components. All incidental components must be tracked using the form below.
Davis-Bacon & Related Acts (DBRA)
The Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) apply to contractors and subcontractors performing work on federally funded or assisted contracts. Under DBRA, contractors and subcontractors are required to pay their employees no less than the locally prevailing wage rate as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor. The SRF program provides compliance assistance to loan recipients, consultants and contractors and performs reviews and site visits to ensure that all parties are in compliance with this requirement. A Davis-Bacon Compliance Certification form is required to be submitted with every disbursement request that includes costs for construction (this requirement does not apply to DWSRF privately owned system projects).
The EPA requires that all recipients and subrecipients of EPA financial assistance follow the requirements of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. This program was created to ensure nondiscrimination in the award of contracts under EPA financial assistance agreements. The core components of the DBE program include:
- Good faith efforts.
- Contract administration requirements.
- Annual Reporting of DBE (MBE/WBE) accomplishments (for projects that exceed $250,000).
- Record keeping, including maintenance of a bidders list.
Build America Buy America (BABA)
The Build America Buy America (BABA) provision requires that projects funded through the State Revolving Fund must use iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials, produced in the United States. This requirement applies to projects for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public water system, a wastewater system, or treatment works. More information can be found on EPA's website or in the BABA Flyer.
BABA requirements must be incorporated into the front-end documents of a bid package.
Approved waivers and additional implementation guidance can be found on EPA's website.