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Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)

 

 

Overview:

The New Mexico Environment Department manages the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program (CWSRF). The CWSRF program provides a source of low-cost financing for a wide range of wastewater and storm water projects that protect surface and ground water. Funds may also be used for projects that control non-point source water pollution, such as a solid waste and septic tank installations.

The CWSRF program was established in 1986 pursuant to the Wastewater Facility Construction Loan Act and the Federal Clean Water Act and provides low-interest loans with a repayment period of up to thirty years. Repayments are cycled back into the fund and used to pay for future clean water projects.

 

Click the links below to view New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) regulations that govern the CWSRF:

 

* The New Mexico Environment Department has petitioned the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) for proposed revisions to the New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) 20.7.5 Wastewater Facility Construction Loans that govern the New Mexico Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF) program. The proposed amendments to 20.7.5 NMAC will enable to the Construction Programs Bureau to expand the list of eligible applicants and potential projects for CWSRF funding.

For more information on the proposed revisions to the regulatory code please click the link below to view the active request WQCC Matter 17-05 (R).

WQCC 18-01 (R) in the Matter of Proposed Revisions to 20.7.5 NMAC-Wastewater Facility Construction Loans

Public Involvement Plan (PIP) for NM Wastewater Facility Construction Loan Act Rule Changes and Water Quality Control Commission Hearing Notice

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Analysis for NM Wastewater Facility Construction Loan Act Rule Changes and Water Quality Control Commission Hearing Notice

 

Eligible Entities

Municipalities, Counties, Water and Sanitation Districts, Mutual Domestic Water Associations, Pueblos and Tribes are all encouraged to apply for this funding. Funds from the CWSRF can be used by public entities for planning, design and construction of wastewater collection and treatment facilities and for non-point source water pollution control projects.

This is not an exhaustive eligible entities list; so if your not sure if you are eligible, contact us we can discuss your options.

NMENV-cpbinfo@state.nm.us or 505.827.2806

 

Eligible Projects

Centralized and Decentralized Wastewater Treatment

Energy and Water Conservation Associated with Wastewater Facilities, Agricultural Best Management Practices, Habitat Protection and Restoration. Projects that remediate or prevent pollution from landfills, silviculture, resource extraction, and brownfields.

Stormwater Management Projects

Stormwater Grey Infrastructure – Traditional Pipe, Storage, Treatment and Sediment Controls including filter fences, storm drain inlet protection, street sweepers and vacuum trucks. 

Stormwater Green Infrastructure – Infiltration basins; constructed surface and subsurface flows; rainwater harvesting, storage, management and distribution; bioretention/biowales; replacement of grey infrastructure with green infrastructure.

Landfill Projects 

Landfill Closure – Capping systems, leachate collection, storage and treatment, side slope seepage prevention and control, gas condensation systems, monitoring wells and equipment, stormwater runoff controls.

Landfill Leachate Collection and Treatment – Landfill liner systems, Leachate removal or collection, Toe drains and cut-off walls, On-site leachate treatment facilities, Barge shelters, containment booms, Litter fences.

This is not an exhaustive project type list; so if your not sure if your project is eligible, contact us we can discuss your options.

NMENV-cpbinfo@state.nm.us or 505.827.2806

 

Type of Funds

The CWSRF funds are available for up to 100% of eligible costs. Federal legislation determines the availability of the additional subsidization on an annual basis. If additional subsidy is made available then, a combination loan and grant funds may also be available.

 

Loan Interest and Terms

CWSRF loans are offered at below market rates, ranging from 0% to 2.375% depending on census and economic criteria. Loan repayment terms up to 30 years. 

 

CWSRF Basics

 

When to Apply for CWSRF Funding

The first step in securing funding from CWSRF is to apply. Applications are accepted annually each Spring. A submitted application does not obligate a borrower to accept funding. Please feel free to contact our team to be included in our mailing list and to be notified when the next funding cycle is open. CPB CWSRF Team email: NMENV-cpbinfo@state.nm.us or (505) 827-2806.

 

CWSRF Priority Rating System

The intent of the CWSRF Projects Priority Rating System is to evaluate and rank projects that will mitigate point source discharges, such as discharges from wastewater treatment facilities and non-point source impacts to surface and groundwater. The system will also evaluate each applicant’s level of financial need, local commitment to promoting sustainable utilities, and readiness to proceed with design and construction.

Click the following link to go to the CWSRF Application and Information documents page.

There you can view or download the Priority Rating System Guidance.

 

CWSRF Affordability Criteria System

Affordability Criteria is used for the purpose of identifying communities that would most benefit from additional subsidization. Pursuant to the Clean Water Act, affordability criteria is based on: Income data, unemployment, population trends.

Click the following link to go to the CWSRF Application and Information documents page.

There you can view or download the Affordability Criteria System.

 

CWSRF Green Project Reserve (GPR)

Green Project Reserve is a federal initiative intended to promote investment practices in the water sector towards green and/or soft-path practices. Green practices include: water efficiency, energy efficiency, green infrastructure and environmentally innovative projects.

Click the following link to go to the CWSRF Application and Information documents page.

There you can view or download:

Green Project Reserve Eligibility Guidance

Green Project Reserve Project Categorical Eligible and Non-Eligible Examples.

 

CWSRF Public Involvement Plan (PIP)

The purpose of this PIP is to provide public participation opportunities and information that may be needed to participate in the public comment period. This PIP integrates information about the affected communities and identifies resources needed by the Bureau to successfully incorporate community participation activities into the decision making process for the public comment period for the Intended Use Plan (IUP). The PIP identifies the Department staff and resources needed to accomplish these activities.

Click the following link to go to the CWSRF Reports documents page.

There you can view or download the 2019 Public Involvement Plan

 

CWSRF Projects Priority List (PPL)

Apply for funding and placement on the CWSRF Project Priority List (PPL) is the first step in obtaining a low interest loan for an eligible Clean Water project.

Click the following link to go to the CWSRF Reports documents page.

There you can view or download the 2019 Draft Project Priority List.

 

CWSRF Intended Use Plan (IUP) 

The NMED Construction Programs Bureau (CPB) produces an annual IUP to identify the intended uses for the CWSRF. The SFY 2019 Draft IUP is now available. NMED CPB is accepting public comment from June 10th through June 24th, 2018. 

Click the following link to go to the CWSRF Reports page.

There you can view or download the 2019 Draft Intended Use Plan.

 


 

CWSRF Grantee Project Requirements

Click the following link to go to the Engineering Contract Template and Included Attachments page. 

There you can view or download: 

Engineering Contract Template for All Funding Programs

 

Asset Management Plan

Beginning October 1, 2014, all CWSRF projects must have an asset management plan. The asset management plan must be in place prior to the project’s completion, and can be funded through CWSRF as part of the project. The State approved outline for an asset management plan, the The State approved outline for an asset management plan, Asset Management Report Outline and Checklist and Introduction should be used by water and wastewater utilities to create an asset management plan. , must be used by water and wastewater utilities to create an asset management plan. If you have any questions in regards to this requirement please contact your assigned Project Manager for clarification. 

Click the following link to go to the CWSRF Project Requirements Information and Forms page.

There you can view or download:

Asset Management Plan Introduction

Asset Management Plan Outline Template

 

State Environmental Review Process (SERP)

This procedure was developed by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED); Construction Programs Bureau (CPB) to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review requirements for federally capitalized Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loans.

Click the following link to go to the CWSRF Grantee Project Requirements Information and Forms page.

There you can view or download:

State Environmental Review Process (SERP)

 

American Iron and Steel Requirement

The American Iron and Steel (AIS) provision requires Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) 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 system or treatment works. If you have any questions in regards to this requirement please contact your assigned Project Manager for clarification. 

Click the following link to go to the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) American Iron and Steel (AIS) web page for more information about this requirement.  

 

Permastore Tanks Non Compliance with American Iron and Steel from EPA 2017

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that Permastore’s glass-fused steel lined tanks are not in compliance with the EPA AIS requirement for CWSRF projects.

Click the following link to go to the CWSRF Grantee Project Requirements Information and Forms page.

There you can view or download: CWSRF AIS Permastore Tanks Non-Compliance with American Iron and Stell_EPA2017.

 

Davis-Bacon Requirement

Davis-Bacon requires contractors and subcontractors on certain projects receiving CWSRF funding to pay all laborers and mechanics at prevailing wage rates for similar job types in the same county. Sub-recipients are required to monitor Davis-Bacon compliance by reviewing payroll records and conducting employee interviews. If you have any questions in regards to this requirement please contact your assigned Project Manager for clarification. 

Click the following link to go to the CWSRF Grantee Project Requirements Information and Forms page.

There you can view or download: Davis-Bacon Handbook

 


 

CWSRF Annual Report

The most current CWSRF Annual Report is available for review. CPB is currently performing oversight of 19 CWSRF construction projects with an outstanding aggregate loan and grant balance of $69,511,836. There are also 44 loans in repayment that are currently being serviced with an outstanding principal balance of $107,945,331.

Click the following link to go to the CWSRF Reports page.

There you can view or download the CWSRF Annual Report

 


 

CWSRF Disbursement Request Forms Templates

Click the following link to go to the CWSRF Disbursement Request Forms documents page to view or download required forms.

 


 

If you have any questions regarding the CWSRF, contact the CPB Team:   NMENV-cpbinfo@state.nm.us or (505) 827-2806.

 

 

 

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