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.
American Iron & Steel (AIS)
The American Iron and Steel (AIS) provision requires Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) assistance recipients to use iron and steel products that are produced in the United States. This requirement applies to projects for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public water or wastewater system or treatment works. AIS requirements must be incorporated into the front end documents. Miscellaneous iron and steel components, incidental to the project purpose, may be tracked on an AIS De Minimis Tracking Form.
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.