DDW administers two financial assistance programs: the state revolving fund (SRF) and the federal state revolving fund (DWSRF). The state revolving fund program provides funding to political subdivisions such as cities, towns, and districts. Federal SRF funds are available for privately and publicly owned community water systems and nonprofit, non-community water systems.
State SRF assistance helps water systems plan, design, build and/or repair drinking water system infrastructure, much of it in rural areas of the state. Financial assistance is also available for engineering studies and master plans to determine community needs and identify best alternatives to correct system problems. During Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the State of Utah authorized $166,600 to help drinking water systems prepare master plans or engineering studies and another $16.9 million to seven drinking water systems for construction projects. In addition, financial assistance packages totaling approximately $13.8 million for ten previously authorized water system improvement projects were finalized through loan closings or bond purchases.
Since 1983, approximately $389.78 million in SRF assistance has been awarded to 582 drinking-water system improvement projects. DDW’s financial assistance programs can help bridge the gap between what a system has and what it needs, including compliance with regulations, increased water demand, or resolving an emergency situation.
The following entities received loans and grants in 2018 to help ensure that these systems were able to provide Utah residents with safe drinking water.
Grantsville City received $3.5 million to drill a new well and replace aging pipelines within the city. The financial assistance will fund the replacement of 20,000 linear feet of mainline pipe, and the new well will address the declining yield of the existing North Well.
The Drinking Water Board authorized $1.1 million in financial assistance to construct a 300,000-gallon storage tank, pump station, additional transmission line, and a pressure-reducing valve (PRV) station. The project will resolve deficiencies in storage capacity.
Pleasant Grove City
The Drinking Water Board authorized $2.3 million to Pleasant Grove to rehabilitate the City’s spring source (Battle Creek Springs) and replace the transmission line from the spring to the town. The current system is approximately 80 years old, leaking in multiple locations, and has failed in four locations. This funding will help Pleasant Grove avoid risks to public health from the continued corrosion of the pipeline, which could increase the potential for contamination of the drinking-water supply.
Rocky Ridge Town
The Rocky Ridge Town in Juab County experienced cost overruns and construction delays during its authorized State Revolving Loan Fund construction project and needed additional assistance to complete it. In addition, the new well is producing much better than anticipated, and the Town requested financial assistance to increase the size of the infrastructure to capture and use the increased source capacity. The Drinking Water Board authorized an additional $408,000 construction loan in FY 2018 to complete the well and transmission line.
Swiss Alpine Water Company
Swiss Alpine Water received $807,000 to drill a new water supply well and install a new transmission line to connect the well to the existing system infrastructure. The new water supply will help the water system meet its required source capacity.
Twin Creeks Special Service District
The Drinking Water Board authorized approximately $5.3 million to Twin Creeks Special Service District (SSD) to replace aging pipelines, drill a new well, and build a new drinking-water treatment plant to meet increased drinking-water supply demands.