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. 

Environmental Review

Flying bald eagleCWSRF 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.

CWSRF Environmental Review Template

DWSRF Environmental Review Template


Federal Provisions

SRF Public Notices

All construction projects having a SRF loan must be reviewed for impacts on the human and natural environment including a request for public comment. 

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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.

AIS De Minimis Use Tracking Form  

image of pipelayer installing water mainDavis-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).

DBRA Resources & Related Documents  

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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:   

  1. Good faith efforts.
  2. Contract administration requirements.
  3. Annual Reporting of DBE (MBE/WBE) accomplishments (for projects that exceed $250,000).
  4. Record keeping, including maintenance of a bidders list.

NH Certified DBE Directory  

bricks with an american flagBuild America Buy America (BABA)

The Build America Buy America (BABA) Act requires the use of iron, steel, manufactured products and construction materials that are produced in the United States for all infrastructure projects financed through a federal financial assistance program, including the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds. BABA requirements must be incorporated into the financial award agreements (loan agreements) and construction front end documents. More information on this provision can be found on EPA’s BABA Website including links to approved waivers, implementation guidance and more.

See the EPA BABA webpage  

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) provides assistance in the form of low-interest loans to finance the cost of drinking water infrastructure. Eligible public water systems include all publicly and privately owned community systems and non-transient nonprofit systems.

Clean Water State Revolving Fund

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund provides low-cost financial assistance for planning, design and construction projects to communities, nonprofits and other local government entities for wastewater infrastructure projects and other water pollution control projects.