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Water Quality Financing 


Final FFY2014/FY2016 Clean Water and Drinking Water Project IUP's and PPL's   Notice of Public Comment and Hearing

The Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration gives notice of a public comment period and hearing concerning revisions to the following two documents: 

  1.  Integrated Project Priority System for Water Quality Capital Projects
  2.  Affordability Criteria for Additional Subsidies to Disadvantaged Communities  

These revisions will affect applications for financial assistance from the Maryland Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund (WQRLF)1 received after October 1, 2014.  The two documents were revised to incorporate key provisions of the Federal Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014, which:  

  • Expands types of projects eligible for financial assistance to include publicly or privately-owned stormwater BMPs that manage, reduce, treat, or recapture stormwater or subsurface drainage water, and
  • Requires development of affordability criteria for providing additional subsidies (i.e., loan principal forgiveness) to public entities, based on income, unemployment data, population trends and other data determined relevant by the State.1 

1 By policy, MDE will apply the proposed WQRLF affordability criteria for providing additional subsidies (i.e., loan principal forgiveness) also to entities seeking financing through the Drinking Water RLF.

Other Provisions of the WRRDA:  

  • Allows for up to 30-year term loans (based on asset useful life).
  • Requires use of American Iron and Steel on treatment works2 capital projects.
  • Requires federal prevailing wage rates (Davis-Bacon) on treatment works construction contracts.
  • Requires the owner of the treatment works2 project to certify it has developed and implemented a fiscal sustainability plan (i.e., a plan that includes an inventory of critical assets, condition of assets, an evaluation of asset water/energy conservation, and an asset maintenance, repair and replacement schedule).
  • Requires use of “federal procurement rules” for Architectural & Engineering (A/E) services, if these A/E services are to be financed using WQRLF federal funds.
  • Requires, beginning FFY 2016, the owner to evaluate the cost and effectiveness of proposed project and select (to the extent practicable) a process that maximizes water conservation, efficient use, reuse, recapture and energy conservation, while taking into account the capital cost, O&M cost and replacement cost. 

 2 Treatment works includes any capital project involving municipal sewerage, industrial liquid waste or stormwater BMPs.


The public comment period begins on October 9, 2014, with a public hearing on November 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM at MDE (Aqua Conference Room, 1st Floor Lobby).  All interested persons are invited to attend the hearing and offer their comments; comments may also be submitted by email or mail.  The public record will close on November 25, 2014.  For additional information, or to submit comments, please contact Elaine Dietz.

By email:

By phone:         (410) 537-3908

By mail:            Maryland Department of the Environment

                        1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 515

                        Baltimore MD 21230



Water Quality Financing Administration

The Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration thanks everyone who submitted an application during the solicitation for FFY2014/State FY2016 funding and/or participated in the public comment period.  The following final documents and responsiveness summary have been submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  to request the FFY 2014 Clean Water and Drinking Water Capital Grants under the Federal Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, respectively:   

Clean Water (Point Source and Nonpoint Source) Documents

Drinking Water Documents

 Please contact Elaine Dietz at elaine.dietz@maryland.govor (410) 537-3908 with any questions.


Purpose and Mission

The mission of the Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration (WQFA) is to provide financial assistance in the form of low interest rate loans and/or grant funding for clean water and drinking water capital projects across the State. 

Eligible types of projects include:

  • Water quality point source projects
  • Drinking water projects
  • Non-point source pollution control projects
  • Septic system upgrade projects  




The WQFA administers the loan and grant programs described below: 

Financial Program


Water Quality Revolving Loan Program (WQRLF) 

Provides low-interest loans to local governments to finance wastewater treatment plant upgrades, nonpoint source projects, and other water quality and public health improvement projects.

Drinking Water Revolving Loan Program (DWRLF)

Provides low-interest loans to local governments to finance water supply improvements and upgrades.

Water Supply Assistance Grant Program

Helping communities meet their water supply needs.

Biological Nutrient Removal Cost -Share Grant Program

Upgrade of wastewater facilities with biological nutrient removal 

Bay Restoration Fund - Enhanced Nutrient Removal Grant Program

Innovative, state-of-the-art technology at wastewater treatment plants for nitrogen and phosphorus reduction to the Bay

Bay Restoration Fund - Septic System Grant Program

Upgrades of existing septic systems to best available technology for nitrogen reduction to the Bay.

Supplemental Assistance Grant Program

Construction of needed wastewater facilities. Correction of water quality problems.

Linked Deposit Program

Water quality capital improvements

Both loan programs receive federal funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and offer below market interest rate loans to eligible borrowers, while ensuring the perpetuity of the revolving funds.

The WQFA is authorized to issue revenue bonds subject to approval of the State Board of Public Works and Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment.  Bonds issued by the WQFA do not constitute a debt or the full faith and credit pledge of the State or any political subdivision.  The bonds are paid solely from WQFA revenues as pledged under the bond indenture for each of the above Funds.

The WQFA works very closely with MDE’s Engineering and Capital Projects Program (ECPP, formerly the Water Quality Infrastructure Program).  The ECPP is responsible for the development and implementation of capital projects to correct public health and water quality problems and provides restoration measures that lead to water quality and habitat benefits.  The ECPP provides technical assistance to local government and eligible private entities.


Related Links:

  • WQFA Clean Water Benefits Mapping
  • County Grant Administrators, Loan Officers and Project Managers
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Integrated Project Priority System for Water Quality Capital Projects (All applicants for clean water – point source and nonpoint source – projects should review this for eligibility and project ranking)
  • Integrated Project Priority System for Drinking Water Capital Projects (All applicants for drinking water projects should review this for eligibility and project ranking)
  • Supplemental Mapping Instructions
  • Funding Eligibility - Loans and Grants (excluding BNR/ENR)
  • PFA Exception Procedure
  • Water Audit and Water Conservation Guidance
  • EPA's WaterSense Program - WQFA encourages all Maryland municipalities to promote water conservation.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Project Reserve Guidance
  • Green Project Reserve At-A-Glance (clean water projects only)
  • Sample Calculations for Non-Point Source Projects
  • Non-Point Source Load Reduction Calculator
  • Median Household Income Chart
  • Priority Fund Map (PFA)
  • River Basin Designation Chart
  • Environmental Benefits Districts in Maryland
  • Bay Restoration Fund (BRF)
  •  Reports:

  • Maryland Water Quality Financial Statements and Supplemental Schedules Together With Report of Independent Public Accountants for the Years Ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 
  • Maryland Water Quality A-133 Supplemental Financial Report Together With Report of Independent Public Accountants
  •  For Septic Grants:

  • Program Implementation Guidance FY 2015 (Appendix B) 

    For additional information regarding the SRF Loan Programs, please contact Jag Khuman, Director, Water Quality Financing Administration by: Phone: (410) 537-3119 or E-Mail:

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