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:
The WQFA administers the loan and grant programs described below:
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.
Bay Restoration Fund Wastewater Grant Program
Bay Restoration Fund - Septic System Grant Program
Upgrades of existing septic systems to best available technology for nitrogen reduction to the Bay.
Linked Deposit Program
Water quality capital improvements
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.
FFY 2017/State FY 2019 Final EPA-Approved Funding Documents
For additional information, please call (410) 537-3119.
1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230