Drinking Water System Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability Program
EPA is soliciting applications from eligible entities for projects in underserved communities that are disadvantaged or serve a population of less than 10,000 individuals to increase drinking water system resilience to natural hazards. For the purposes of this grant program, the term “resilience,” as defined in (SDWA section 1433(h) and incorporated by reference in SDWA section 1459A), means the ability of a community water system or an asset of a community water system, for example the equipment, buildings, land, people, and other components needed to deliver safe and clean water, to adapt to or withstand the effects of a natural hazard without interruption to the corresponding function, or if the function is interrupted, to rapidly return to a normal operating condition.
- Conservation of water or the enhancement of water use efficiency (e.g., conducting water audits, installing water metering, and water reuse).
- Modification or relocation of existing drinking water system infrastructure significantly impaired by natural hazards, or infrastructure that is at risk of being significantly impaired by natural hazards, including risks to drinking water infrastructure from flooding (e.g., elevation of electrical panels at a lift station to prevent flooding damage, physical hardening, elevation of treatment plants, and reinforcement of water towers to prevent tornado damage).
- Design or construction of desalination facilities to serve existing communities.
- a public water system;
- a water system located in an area governed by an Indian Tribe;1 or
- a State, on behalf of an underserved community AND (2) serves a community—
(A) that is underserved; and
(B) that, under affordability criteria established by the State under SDWA section
1452(d)(3), is determined by the State to be a disadvantaged community; or
(C) with a population of less than 10,000 individuals.