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Drinking Water Source Water Protection Projects

The Drinking Water Source Protection Fund (DWSPF) is designed for the protection of drinking water sources. Funds are available through the DWSRF local assistance and other State programs set-aside. This set-aside allows states to provide loans (up to a maximum of $100,000) for certain source water assessment (SWA) implementation activities, including source water protection (SWP) land acquisition and other types of incentive-based source water quality protection measures.

States may also provide direct assistance in the form of a grant (up to $30,000 per eligible system) or technical support in the areas of SWP area delineation and assessment, wellhead protection programs, and capacity development strategy. Examples of activities eligible through this set-aside include the development of local SWP ordinances and implementation of public education programs to highlight the importance of wellhead protection.


Publicly- and privately-owned community and nonprofit non-community water systems are eligible to apply for DWSPF funding. Water systems must have a completed SWA to be eligible. For more information regarding source water assessments, see PDF iconSWA & Land Use Planning.

Program Overview

  • Low interest loans up to a maximum of $100,000
  • Grant funds up to $30,000 per water system
  • Grant and loan awards must be spent within 2 years to avoid forfeiture

Letter of Interest

To be considered for DWSPF funding, water systems must submit a completed Letter of Interest (LOI) specific to source protection:

DWSPF Project Priority List (PPL)

The source protection project priority list reflects the final relative ranking of projects and activities reviewed for funding by Drinking Water Services and the DEQ Drinking Water Protection Program.  Eligible projects remain on the funding list for two years. If after two years the project remains unfunded, it is removed from the list unless the water system submits an updated LOI. Seven of the twelve projects listed on the 2017 PPL will be contacted by the Business Oregon about completing a grant application to receive grant monies.

Each water system identified as "projects eligible for funding but fell below funding line" must wait until the water system above it on the list advises Business Oregon that it no longer wants the grant or a full year passes and the eligible project in question is ranked high enough to be recommended for funding. Projects below 60 points or were ineligible activities were not considered for funding and must reapply.
If your system has an urgent SWP matter that may need immediate attention, contact Tom Pattee, Groundwater Coordinator/SWP, at or 548-210-3704

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