Eligibility for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund

Please Note:

Assistance may only be provided for projects that are consistent with applicable area-wide water quality plans. Both the applicant and the project must be eligible.

Eligible Applicants

  • Municipalities, including any county, city, town, village, district corporation, county or town improvement district, Indian nation or tribe recognized by the State or the United States with a reservation wholly or partly within the boundaries of New York State, any water authority now existing in a city, or any agency of New York State which is empowered to construct and operate an eligible project. 

Eligible Projects

  • Municipally-owned treatment works projects, including:
    • New, expanded or rehabilitated wastewater treatment plants;
    • Sludge treatment and disposal facilities including biosolids reuse;
    • Collector, trunk and interceptor sewers;
    • Sewer rehabilitation and infiltration/inflow correction;
    • Combined sewer overflow (CSO) and sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) abatement;
    • Landfill leachate collection, storage and treatment;
    • Energy efficiency projects for publicly owned treatment works; and
    • Water efficiency projects that conserve or reuse water, as well as water loss reduction and prevention.
  • Stormwater/Non-Point Source (NPS) projects. These projects may be publicly owned, and must be consistent with New York State’s NPS Management Plan:
    • Green infrastructure projects that manage stormwater, such as constructed wetlands, bioretention, porous pavement, and green roofs;
    • Waterbody restoration, including stream bank stabilization, and erosion and sediment control;
    • Restoration of riparian vegetation, wetlands, and other water bodies;
    • Environmentally innovative projects that demonstrate new and/or innovative approaches to delivering services or managing water resources; and
    • Practices that manage, reduce, treat, or recapture stormwater or subsurface drainage water.
  • National Estuary Projects. These may be municipal projects that support and implement EPA-approved National Estuary Conservation and Management Plans for the New York-New Jersey Harbor, Peconic Bay, and Long Island Sound Estuaries.
  • Construction, repair, or replacement of municipally owned decentralized wastewater treatment systems that treat municipal wastewater or domestic sewage.

Ineligible Projects/Costs

  • Water treatment distribution system projects, except for the wastewater and waste solids components of these systems.
  • Municipal solid waste projects, except for the water quality components of these projects.
  • The legal, administrative, and engineering expense of defending against a state or federal enforcement action.
  • Routine operation and maintenance (O&M) costs of wastewater treatment facilities or general O&M costs that are outside the scope of a capital project.