News Release 465

Department of Natural Resources invites water districts to apply for funding        

Volume 38-465 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer
573-751-3807

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 13, 2010—The Missouri Department of Natural Resources announces the availability of the 2011 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan. 

The plan, produced annually by the Department of Natural Resources, describes how it intends to use state and federal funds available in state fiscal year 2011, which runs July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011.  Monies from the fund are used to assist public entities with construction of drinking water infrastructure. 

“In many cases, these grants and loans not only will help communities meet state and federal drinking water standards, but also will help them with the infrastructure investment needed for future economic growth,” said Mark N. Templeton, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund is the department’s major public drinking water infrastructure funding program.  The department uses most of the available funds to make low interest loans and grants to municipalities, water districts and other eligible entities for the construction of drinking water facilities.  The loans and grants provided through the State Revolving Fund help recipients to comply with state and federal safe drinking water laws and to protect public health.

For fiscal year 2011, approximately $50 million will be used to make low interest loans and grants for drinking water infrastructure projects.  In addition, approximately $8 million in Drinking Water State Revolving Funds will be used to ensure public drinking water systems are safe and reliable.

Copies of the 2011 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan may be found online at dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/srf/drinkingwater-assistance.htm.

Information may also be obtained from the department’s Water Protection Program, Financial Assistance Center, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176, or by calling 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1192.

###