On November 15, 2021, the
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684)
, commonly referred to as the
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)
was signed into law. BIL is a federally funded infrastructure package covering multiple critical infrastructure sectors throughout the U.S., including drinking water. The law provides the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with grant funds that can be appropriated to states for investments in drinking water infrastructure over the next five years (2022 – 2026).
BIL funding will be available to communities through the state’s existing Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), implemented jointly by Business Oregon and OHA Drinking Water Services. BIL authorizes increases to Oregon’s existing base
DWSRF program and includes appropriations for Supplemental DWSRF funding for infrastructure improvements, funding for identifying and replacing lead service lines and gooseneck connectors, and funding to address emerging contaminants (e.g., PFAS or other unregulated contaminants).
A key priority of BIL is to ensure that disadvantaged communities benefit equitably from this historic investment in water infrastructure. Therefore, BIL mandates that a significant portion of funds be provided as grants or forgivable loans to disadvantaged communities.
Oregon Allocation of Appropriations for
FFY2022 (Year 1 of 5) include:
- DWSRF (supplemental BIL stimulus) = up to $23.6 million
- DWSRF (lead service line replacements) = up to $37.2 million
- DWSRF (emerging contaminants) = up to $9.9 million
- OHA will be submitting its yearly grant applications to EPA for Supplemental funds in summer and grant awards are likely by October.
- Grant applications to EPA for Lead Service Line Replacement and Emerging Contaminants grant funding will depend on project/LOI submittals by eligible water systems.
More information will be provided in the coming weeks and months as OHA and Business Oregon prepare to announce more details.