DWRLF Loan Program

As a result of State Legislation, as well as legislation by the U.S. Congress, the Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund (DWRLF) was created to assist public water systems in financing needed drinking water infrastructure improvements (e.g., treatment plant, distribution main replacement, storage facilities).  The DWRLF is administered by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Office of Public Health (OPH).  Similar to the successful Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) administered by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), this program provides low-interest loans for construction of eligible water system projects.  As loans are repaid,  money is available to be used again for new loans - a true revolving fund.  The program provides a significant financial incentive for public water supplies to upgrade treatment facilities to meet current and future regulatory requirements designed to protect public health and to rehabilitate and/or replace aging infrastructure.  

The current Intended Use Plan (IUP) is a document detailing how the State will utilize it's federal allotment of funds available to the DWRLF as authorized under the Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Act (R.S. 40:2821 et seq.).   The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) signed on November 15, 2021 included a $50 Billion  investment to strengthen the Nation's drinking water  and wastewater infrastructure.  The State of Louisiana was allotted a portion of these funds to aid in it's endeavor to improve our drinking water infrastructure.  Please select the following link for our current BIL Intended Use Plan detailing how the State will utilize the federal allotment for General Supplemental, Emerging Contaminants, and Lead Service Line Replacement projects.

The current Comprehensive List of Applicants includes all the public water systems, which have submitted a completed DWRLF Application Package.  The proposed projects are listed and ranked in priority order based upon the priority ranking system detailed in the IUP.

The current Annual Report  is a document describing how the State has met the goals and objectivies identified in its IUP, work plans and grant agreements for the State's fiscal year.

Under the provisions of state law, we are providing the DWRLF Financial Statement Audit for the year ending June 30, 2022.



Future Funding - Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)

Public Health Water Infrastructure Consolidation Initiative!

New Program to Aid Water Systems Under Administrative Order! 

The DWRLF offering interest rate of 2.45% with a typical loan repayment period of up to 30 years



Specific documents must be completed and submitted to the DWRLF Program any time a water system intends to seek DWRLF assistance.  See the DWRLF Timeline and Program Submittal Summary to assist with submital documents and timelines. Click on the document titles to access the down-loadable files. For assistance please feel free to contact any of our staff at 225-342-7499.

Please view our Financial page, for more information about the financial portion of the program, including loan application, payment request, and rebudgets.  For futher infomation, please contact Joel McKenzie at the number listed above or by email at Joel.McKenzie@la.gov

Engineering Technical/Environmental Requirements
:  For more information about the engineering/enviromental documents, please contact Dan MacDonald at the above listed number or by email at Dan.MacDonald@la.gov


Capacity Development Requirements: For more information about the Capacity Development requirements for systems seeking funds, please contact Joel McKenzie at the number listed above or by email at  Joel.McKenzie@la.gov

EPA Aquarius Award Recipients

Awarded for exceptional focus on sustainability and protection of public health

2022 - Sabine Water District No. 1

2019 - St. Bernard Parish Waterworks


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