This program helps communities establish or improve local water or sewer systems. Grants may be used for construction that is related to water treatment and distribution, and sewer treatment and collection for publicly owned systems.
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Program Benefits/Eligible Uses:
Grants may be used for construction that is related to water treatment and distribution, and sewer treatment and collection for publicly owned systems. Operation and maintenance activities and not eligible.
The maximum amount any applicant can apply for is $500,000 or $5,000 per household.
Applications are open cycle (year-round), but require an invitation after completing the Missouri Water and Wastewater Review Committee (MWWRC) process. The process includes submission of a preliminary proposal and engineering report (with 5 copies) to MWWRC for review and comment. The MWWRC meets monthly and is made up of members from USDA-Rural Development, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and CDBG.
Special Program Requirements:
Applicants must be sure that the project beneficiaries are at least 51% low-to-moderate income persons.
New water or sewer systems or expansion/upgrades of existing systems that have substantiated health concerns are prioritized. Successful applicants must demonstrate that rates will adequately cover operation, maintenance, reserves, emergencies, employee overhead, etc; or, the community must have initiated a graduated rate increase that will provide adequate operating costs over a period of years. Communities applying a regional approach to problem solving will receive priority consideration as well.