USA: Arizona; California; Hawaii; Nevada USA Territories: American Samoa (USA); Guam (USA); Northern Mariana Islands (USA)
Grants to Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam federally recognized tribes to improve public drinking water. Funding is intended to support projects to enhance public water system infrastructure, and to address health hazards caused by inadequate infrastructure. Grants may be awarded directly to tribes or through interagency agreements with the Indian Health Service.
The Drinking Water Tribal Set-Aside program provides funding for federally recognized tribes within EPA Region 9 for public water system infrastructure. Infrastructure projects funded through the DWTSA must address the most significant threats to public health associated with public water systems that serve tribal populations. Examples of eligible activities include:
New Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) programs to address emerging contaminants in drinking water and lead service line replacements include additional eligibilities that are more fully described in EPA’s March 2022 BIL Implementation memo (pdf). Under these new appropriations, projects must be otherwise DWTSA eligible, and their primary purpose must be to address emerging contaminants in drinking water or be a lead service line replacement project or associated activity directly connected to the identification, planning, design or replacement of lead service lines. Eligible project examples under these new programs include:
Addendum 99-1 to the national guidelines allows funding for the creation of new community water systems to address existing public health problems caused by unsafe drinking water provided by individual wells or surface water sources. The policy also allows the creation of new regional community water systems which consolidate several existing systems that have technical, financial, or managerial difficulties. According to the national guidelines, new systems may be funded only if specific conditions are met. (See https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2022-09/r9-dwtsa-fy23-guidelines-application-procedures.pdf#page=6.)
DWTSA funding can also be used to develop a preliminary engineering report, and for work to secure rights of way (though DWTSA funds cannot be used to purchase real property).
The national guidelines also allow EPA to consider funding unscheduled “emergency” projects after EPA uses its prioritization method to rank projects for a year. Such projects can include those where some type of failure was unanticipated or the result of natural disaster or an emergency and may require immediate attention to protect public health. In these cases, EPA has the authority to fund the emergency project provided it meets the requirements of the Drinking Water Tribal Set Aside Program.
Additional Geographic Information:Map of eligible Tribal lands in Region 9: https://www.epa.gov/tribal/tribal-lands-epas-region-9
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E-mail one electronic copy of the proposal and any documentation to: Nancy Sockabasin, email@example.com.
For general information about this program, please contact:
Drinking Water Tribal Set-Aside Program Coordinator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
75 Hawthorne Street (WTR-4)
San Francisco, CA 94105
To discuss specific information about your water system, please contact your EPA program manager. See a list of program managers on https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2022-09/r9-dwtsa-fy23-guidelines-application-procedures.pdf#page=23.