Drinking Water Financial Assistance

Various Drinking Water Pictures

Missouri’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan program provides low-interest financing to construct drinking water projects that protect public health. As loans are repaid, money is available to be used again for new financings, thus making the program a "revolving fund."

Congress established the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan program in 1996 under the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide states with a financing mechanism for ensuring safe drinking water for the public. Missouri gives priority to eligible projects that address the most serious risks to human health, ensure compliance with requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act and assist systems most in need on a per-household basis, according to state-determined priority points system.

Loan terms include a 20 year payback period and a subsidized interest rate is 30 percent of the 20-year AAA-rated, general obligation bond Municipal Market rate the week prior to loan closing. Loans may be paired with grant funds to offset a project’s total loan amount.  Grants are available on a limited basis to eligible small communities based on disadvantaged status. 

Political subdivisions (including counties, incorporated cities and towns, regional water or sewer districts), not-for-profit corporations, and investor-owned water utility corporations may apply for financing for community water system work through the Drinking Water SRF loan program. Political subdivisions and not-for-profit corporations receive first priority for funding. Applicants must demonstrate technical, managerial and financial capability to participate in the program. Eligible projects include:

  • Source intake structures and wells
  • Treatment plant facilities
  • Water storage facilities
  • Transmission and distribution mains, including water lines to existing unserved properties with water quality issues
  • Consolidation of water systems

How to Apply
The first step towards receiving Drinking Water SRF assistance is to submit an application form to be evaluated for a funding commitment. Projects that are prioritized for available funding will be listed in the annual SRF Intended Use Plan.  Listing indicates a non-binding commitment to fund the project pending successful progress through the SRF process by the applicant. Once listed on the plan, a project coordinator will be assigned, and will work with applicant to develop a project schedule. The project coordinator will assist the applicant with each step of the SRF funding process.

Applications to compete for a Drinking Water SRF funding commitment in the next fiscal year are due Feb. 15.  However, applications may be accepted at any time; projects additions may be made to the Intended Use Plan up to four times per year. Only applications received by the deadline may be considered for grant funds and have first preference for available loan funds.

Contact the Financial Assistance Center’s Drinking Water Unit at 573-751-1192 or fac@dnr.mo.gov for more information.

Fiscal Year 2020

Fiscal Year 2020 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan - Adopted Oct. 16, 2019
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Application, Form--MO 780-1845

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Facility Plan Submittal Checklist, Form--MO 780-2091

Fiscal Year 2019

Fiscal Year 2019 Drinking Water SRF Intended Use Plan – Adopted Oct. 17, 2018
Fiscal Year 2019 Drinking Water SRF Intended Use Plan – Amended Jan. 23, 2019
Fiscal Year 2019 Drinking Water SRF Intended Use Plan – Amended April 17, 2019
Fiscal Year 2019 Drinking Water SRF Intended Use Plan - Amended July 17, 2019

Annual Reports

Fiscal Year 2018 Drinking Water SRF Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2017 Drinking Water SRF Annual Report