TWDB plans for $222M in water funds
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has approved its Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds’ 2023 Intended Use Plans (IUP). The plans detail how the agency intends to utilize $222.3 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
The IIJA funds will be allocated as additional capitalization grants to the states. Texas expects to receive approximately $2.5 billion over the next five years. For 2022, the TWDB anticipates a total of $507.9 from State Revolving Fund (SRF) grants, which is more than three times the amount allocated in recent years to the state.
With the Board-approved IUPs, the TWDB will begin to invite projects to apply for funding this fall. The agency anticipates approving funding the projects in spring 2023.
Eligible applicants for the Clean Water SRF include political subdivisions, such as water supply corporations that are designated management agencies, authorized Indian tribal organizations, and private entities for nonpoint source or estuary projects only. Publicly- and privately-owned community water systems are eligible applicants for the Drinking Water SRF, including nonprofit water supply corporations and nonprofit, non-community public water systems.
Nationwide, IIJA will invest $55 billion in water infrastructure, lead service line replacement, and addressing contaminants in drinking water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it is the single largest investment in water infrastructure in history.