LCR and Compliance Funding Resources

With the revised Lead and Copper Rule mandating new requirements, we’ve heard many utilities ask about best practices for taking advantage of program funding opportunities. Check out some of our favorite and most practical resources related to funding below.

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Featured Resources

Complimentary Webinar Replay: How to Resource for the War on Lead Pipes

Discover how your team can access available resources to help safeguard your budget and your bottom line. Learn about the resources available and hear from an industry peer on how they funded their LSL projects.

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Blog: What Water Utilities Need to Know About Funding Lead Service Line Projects

This blog covers ways to take action and get ahead on LCRR projects, walking through types of federal funding available (both one-time and recurring sources) as well as steps your team can take today.

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Lead and Copper Rule Revisions: How to to Navigate Compliance and Your Budget

This post walks through the ways that funding resources can be navigated to create and manage Lead Service Line Inventories in compliance with the revised Lead and Copper Rule.

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Using American Rescue Plan Act Funds to Invest in Clean Drinking Water

Learn how the $350 billion dollars from the American Rescue Plan can be distributed to help fund your water programs, in addition to a suggested timeline and next steps to take advantage of this opportunity.

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LCRR Preparedness Quiz: Take the 5-minute Assessment

Understanding where you’re at in terms of LCR preparedness can go a long way as you plan your budget and search for funding opportunities. Take our free 5-minute quiz for results and recommendations.

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LCRR Compliance Pipeline: Your Yearly Guide to Success

Look to the future with this in-depth resource that walks through a suggested ten-year timeline of to-dos and best practices to help you understand when and where budget will be needed to fund LCR projects.

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Additional Resources

Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs)

An EPA-administered federal-state partnership to provide financial support for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects as well as other water quality related projects (e.g, lead sampling in schools and childcare facilities).

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Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)

An EPA-administered federal loan program that funds regionally- and nationally-significant water infrastructure development projects. These loans are project-oriented and application-based, with certain criteria based upon community size (threshold is 25K population).

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Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN)

The WIIN grant program is the primary funding source for lead sampling in schools and child care facilities. All 50 states utilize these funds and Congress is expected to continue to renew WIIN funding.

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Community Development Block Grants

Distributed by HUD, grant funding is provided for projects that specifically benefit communities with higher proportions of low- and moderate-income residents and who are exposed to conditions that negatively impact their health or wellbeing (e.g., LSLs).

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Rural Development Fund

The USDA administers various grant and loan programs that support rural communities and utilities in financing infrastructure repair and replacement projects, including LSL replacement.

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American Jobs Plan Fact Sheet

The Biden administration asked congress to make $45 billion available in grants for LSL replacement as part of the American Jobs Plan. To this end, the Biden administration seeks to remove all LSLs in 8 years.

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