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American Rescue Plan Funding

Water and Wastewater Grant Program

On September 16, 2022, the Arkansas Legislative Council approved $270 million in grant funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) specifically to address water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure projects across Arkansas.  Of the approved $270 million, $135 million will be allocated to eligible safe drinking water projects and $135 million will be allocated to eligible wastewater and stormwater projects.

This one-time grant funding will be administered by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture through the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.   Eligible applicants may complete an application for an award of up to $5 million for an eligible Drinking Water Project and an application for an award of up to $5 million for an eligible Wastewater/Stormwater Project. 

ELIGIBLE ENTITIES

The grants made available under this program may be obtained by any duly constituted and existing political subdivision of the State, including, but not limited to:

  • Counties, cities, towns, and municipalities
  • Any duly constituted special purpose improvement district, rural development authority, rural waterworks facilities board, public facilities board, regional water distribution district
  • Any duly qualified and existing public trust or authority, individually or as an agent, representative, or instrumentality of any political subdivision
  • Other eligible entity described above

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

Eligible projects include a broad range of water and sewer projects, including those eligible under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), the EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and certain additional projects, including a wide set of lead remediation, stormwater infrastructure, and aid for private wells and septic units. To be eligible for funding under this grant program, each project must be determined by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) to be in compliance with the State Water Plan.

Projects will be determined for eligibility consistent with the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) Final Rule. 

Eligible projects under the CWSRF, and the final rule, include but are not limited to:

  • Construction of publicly owned treatment works
  • Projects pursuant to the implementation of a nonpoint source pollution management program established under the Clean Water Act (CWA)
  • Decentralized wastewater treatment systems that treat municipal wastewater or domestic sewage
  • Management and treatment of stormwater or subsurface drainage water
  • Water conservation, efficiency, or reuse measures
  • Development and implementation of a conservation and management plan under the CWA
  • Watershed projects meeting the criteria set forth in the CWA
  • Energy consumption reduction for publicly owned treatment works
  • Reuse or recycling of wastewater, stormwater, or subsurface drainage water
  • Security of publicly owned treatment works

Eligible drinking water projects under the DWSRF, and the final rule, include, but are not limited to:

  • Facilities to improve drinking water quality
  • Transmission and distribution, including improvements of water pressure or prevention of contamination in infrastructure and lead service line replacements
  • New sources to replace contaminated drinking water or increase drought resilience, including aquifer storage and recovery system for water storage
  • Green infrastructure, including green roofs, rainwater harvesting collection, or permeable pavement
  • Storage of drinking water, such as to prevent contaminants or equalize water demands
  • Purchase of water systems and interconnection of systems
  • New community water systems

With broadened eligibility under the final rule, SLFRF funds may be used to fund additional types of projects— such as additional stormwater infrastructure, residential wells, lead remediation, and certain rehabilitations of dams and reservoirs — beyond the CWSRF and DWSRF, if they are found to be “necessary” according to the definition provided in the final rule and outlined below.

  • Culvert repair, resizing and removal, replacement of storm sewers, and additional types of stormwater infrastructure
  • Infrastructure to improve access to safe drinking water for individuals served by residential wells, including testing initiatives, and treatment/remediation strategies that address contamination
  • Dam and reservoir rehabilitation if the primary purpose of the dam or reservoir is for drinking water supply and the project is necessary for the provision of drinking water
  • Broad set of lead remediation projects

MAXIMUM GRANT AMOUNTS

This grant program is limited to a maximum of $5 million per safe drinking water project per entity and $5 million per wastewater/stormwater project per entity.

COST SHARE REQUIREMENTS

The cost share required for eligible projects under this program will be subject to the following percentages based on the median household income (MHI) for the city(ies) and/or county(ies) served by the proposed project*and according to the following chart:

Median Household Income Level*Cost Share Percentage
<$30,0000%
$30,000 - $50,00025%
>$50,00050%

*Project area MHI is the average of the most recent three (3) years of available data on the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates provided by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

For more information contact:
Ryan Benefield, P.E., Deputy Director
Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Division
10421 W. Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone (501) 682-3962 Fax (501) 682-3991
Email: ryan.benefield@arkansas.gov