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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: May 20, 2014
CONTACTS:
Dan Fenno, (603) 271-3448, NHDES Clean Water SRF program
Dan Dudley, (603) 271-2953, NHDES Drinking Water SRF program

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Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) is soliciting pre-applications for drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and nonpoint source projects through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program.

Clean Water State Revolving Fund
The CWSRF program is a low-interest loan program that assists communities with the planning, design and construction of eligible water pollution control infrastructure projects. Borrowers are typically municipal or other local government entities. Most communities with publically owned wastewater systems are eligible to apply for a loan to improve their wastewater system. Projects that address stormwater or nonpoint source pollution problems may also be eligible. To apply, complete the “CWSRF 2014 Pre-Application” found at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wweb/grants.htm. CWSRF pre-applications must be signed by the applicant and can be scanned and submitted via email to Dan Fenno at daniel.fenno@des.nh.gov. If you have questions regarding the pre-application, please contact Dan Fenno at (603) 271-3448 or daniel.fenno@des.nh.gov. CWSRF pre-applications are due by 4:00 pm on June 27, 2014.

CWSRF has developed a ranking system to evaluate pre-applications for wastewater, stormwater and nonpoint source projects, because the need for CWSRF project funding exceeds the financing available. The purpose of the ranking system is to prioritize projects for the most cost efficient use of available funds. The CWSRF ranking criteria can be found at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wweb/grants.htm. There are separate ranking criteria for wastewater and stormwater/nonpoint source projects. If you have questions regarding the wastewater ranking criteria, please contact James Tilley at (603) 271-3249 or james.tilley@des.nh.gov. If you have questions regarding the stormwater and nonpoint source ranking criteria, please contact Eric Williams at (603) 271-2358 or eric.williams@des.nh.gov.

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
The DWSRF program is a low-interest loan program that assists public water systems with the cost of improving drinking water infrastructure, including new and replacement well sources, treatment and pump house upgrades, storage tanks, water main replacements, new or replacement service water meters, interconnections between two or more existing public water systems, water conservation improvements, and energy efficiency improvements. Eligible public water systems include all community public water systems and non-transient non-profit public water systems. DWSRF projects are ranked based upon the relative impact of the project in achieving the objectives of the Safe Drinking Water Act, protection of public health, water and energy efficiency and affordability of water service. To apply, complete the online “DWSRF 2014 Pre-Application” found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DWSRF2014PREAPP. If you have questions regarding the drinking water pre-application, please contact Johnna McKenna at (603) 271-7017 or johnna.mckenna@des.nh.gov or Dan Dudley at (603) 271-2953 or daniel.dudley@des.nh.gov. DWSRF pre-application responses are due before midnight on June 27, 2014.

Informational Meeting
DES will hold a “State Revolving Fund Informational Meeting” on June 5, 2014 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to potential loan applicants about funding projects through the CWSRF and DWSRF programs. The meeting will include an overview of the CWSRF and DWSRF programs, as well as specifics on eligibility requirements, ranking criteria, loan conditions and application procedures. The meeting will be held at DES located at 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. Directions can be found online at http://des.nh.gov/contactus/directions.htm. There is no cost to attend however for planning purposes please RSVP by May 30, 2014 to Dan Fenno at (603) 271-3448 or daniel.fenno@des.nh.gov.

Public Hearing
DES will hold a public hearing on August 7, 2014 at 9:00 am to receive public comments on two water programs – the CWSRF program and the DWSRF program. The hearings will remain open until all comments have been received. Each hearing will immediately follow the close of the preceding hearing. The hearings will be held at DES located at 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. Directions can be found at http://des.nh.gov/contactus/directions.htm. For more information, please contact Dan Fenno at (603) 271-3448 or daniel.fenno@des.nh.gov for the CWSRF program and Dan Dudley at (603) 271-2953 or daniel.dudley@des.nh.gov for the DWSRF program.




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