Wastewater and Drinking Water Financial Assistance Programs


The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, in coordination with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, distributes funds from two major revolving loan fund programs. These two programs – the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (for wastewater treatment facilities) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund – also provide funding for some related grants programs, including: Small Community Matching Grants; Planning Grants for Drinking Water Preliminary Engineering Reports; Wastewater Facility Planning Grants; Source Water Protection Grants; Emergency Grants; and the Nebraska Environmental Partnership Program.


Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund

Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (for wastewater treatment facilities)
The Nebraska Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF) program provides low interest loans and small community matching grants to municipalities for construction of wastewater treatment facilities and sanitary sewer collection systems to alleviate public health and environmental problems. The loan principal repayments go into new loans and interest earnings on the Fund is used 1) to pay off the state match bond issues and 2) to make new loans. More information

Wastewater Facility Planning Grants
(A subprogram of the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund.) Planning grants of up to $20,000 are available to Nebraska’s publicly-owned wastewater treatment works in communities with populations of less than 10,000. More information

Small Community Matching Grants
(A subprogram of the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund.) The small community matching grants program provides matching grants to municipalities with population of 10,000 or less. More information

Wastewater Emergency Grants
The Department has authority to provide Emergency Grant funding from the Administrative Cash Fund. Emergency Grant funding will be administered in accordance with Title 131, chapters 3 and 9 (see link below). Such grants shall not be used for routine repair or maintenance of facilities, and may be combined with a loan.
Title 131 – Rules and Regulations for the Wastewater Treatment Facilities
and Drinking Water Assistance Programs
CWSRF Publications and Reports


Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund


The Nebraska Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF) program provides low interest loans and loan forgiveness to owners of public drinking water systems. The loan principal repayments go into new loans and interest earnings on the Fund is used 1) to pay off the state match bond issues and 2) to make new loans. An agreement between NDEQ and NHHS-DPH, effective Oct. 30, 1997, defined the authority of the two agencies in administering the program. More information


Planning Grants: Drinking Water Preliminary Engineering reports

(A subprogram of the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund). Planning grants of up to $25,000 are available to Nebraska’s publicly-owned water supply systems serving populations of less than 10,000. More information


Source Water Protection Grants/Wellhead Protection Implementation Grants

(A subprogram of the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund). Approximately $200,000 per year is available to finance projects that protect public drinking water sources. Grant supported projects can include those that address drinking water quality, quantity, security, and/or education. More information



Public Water System Security Grants
(A subprogram of the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund). Public Water System Security Grants activity may be funded from a set-aside in the DWSRF Loan Fund. The intent of this grant is to provide funds to public water systems serving a population of 10,000 or less to improve the security of public water supplies.


Drinking Water Emergency Funding
(A subprogram of the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund). NDEQ has the authority to provide Emergency Funding, as a grant, as a loan or as a combination of a grant and loan from the Administration Cash Fund under the authority of LB80. Emergency Funding will be administered in accordance with the procedures as described in Title 131, Chapters 3 and 9 (see link to Title 131 above). It must be documented that the emergency jeopardizes the PWS’s ability to provide an adequate supply of safe drinking water on a continuous basis. Approval of the project must be obtained from NDHHS-DPH.

DWSRF Publications and Reports


Nebraska Environmental Partnerships Program

(A subprogram of both the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds.) The Nebraska Environmental Partnerships Program is a unique state-coordinated program aimed at helping small towns meet environmental challenges through a team process. Part of its focus is to help communities develop preliminary planning determinations, through the Wastewater Facility Planning and Drinking Water Preliminary Reports grants programs listed above. NEP helps local communities prioritize risks and find technically and financially feasible solutions to issues they face. More information



Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
1200 "N" Street, Suite 400
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
(402) 471-2186