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Drinking Water and Wastewater Grants and Loans Letter of Interest Forms for FY 21

Does your community or nonprofit noncommunity drinking water system or nonprofit wastewater system need to do a planning study to solve public health issues, or meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirements? Or have you done a planning study but need a loan to meet system rehabilitation or replacement needs? Do you need to solve a nonpoint source pollution problem?

If so, consider submitting a Letter of Interest (LOI) for a planning grant or State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan with DEQ to get on the priority list for fiscal year 2021.

  • Planning grants provide up to 50% of the cost of developing a facility plan and environmental information document in preparation for project design and construction for wastewater or drinking water systems.
  • SRF loans provide low-interest funding up to 100% of project costs to design and construct system improvements. SRF loan terms are generally considered among the best available.

If interested, first call and discuss the issues facing your system with local DEQ regional office staff (see staff contacts at right). Most systems find it in their best interest to have a consulting engineer assist them with the completion of the LOI. Second, notify DEQ in writing by submitting an LOI form to DEQ on or before January 10, 2020.

Completed LOI forms may be submited electronically or by hard copy to a DEQ regional office or to:

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Attn: Charlie Parkins
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
Phone: (208) 373-0577   
Fax: (208) 373-0576 

DEQ seeks comment on proposed wastewater and drinking water construction funding plans

DEQ is seeking public comment on its proposed plans to fund wastewater and drinking water construction projects eligible for state grants and loans in fiscal year 2020, beginning July 1, 2019. Learn more.

Letter of Interest Forms

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Projects for potential recipients of funding are rated by DEQ engineers, who apply standardized criteria to every system that submits an LOI. All rated systems are then comparatively ranked with other systems around the state. Those systems that rank highest and are ready to proceed in a timely manner will be notified that they are eligible to apply for a grant or loan from DEQ at the beginning of the next fiscal year (July 1, 2020). Copies of blank rating forms are provided below for informational purposes only. Please do not submit rating forms to DEQ.

Rating Forms

Additional Loan Information

The handbook and website links below are additional resources for submitting an LOI. Systems applying for an LOI loan can find information about green project reserves, non-point source sponsorships, and principal forgiveness.

Priority List Timeline

Access a schedule with action items and complete timeline for developing the FY2021 Priority List and Intended Use Plan here

Staff Contacts

Grants and Loans Supervisor

DEQ State Office
Water Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706

Water Quality Engineering Manager
Valerie Greear
DEQ Boise Regional Office
1445 N. Orchard St.
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0550

Senior Water Quality Engineer (Drinking Water Projects)
Katy Baker-Casile
DEQ Coeur d'Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 666-4640

Technical Engineer (Wastewater Projects)
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
(208) 769-1422

Senior Water Quality Engineer
William Teuscher
DEQ Idaho Falls Regional Office
900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 528-2650

Water Quality Engineering Manager
Michael Camin
DEQ Lewiston Regional Office
1118 "F" St.
Lewiston, ID 83501
(208) 799-4370

Drinking Water/Wastewater Manager

Senior Water Quality Engineer
Brian Reed
DEQ Twin Falls Regional Office
650 Addison Avenue West, Suite 110
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 736-2190

Water Quality Staff Engineer
Joe Otero
DEQ Twin Falls Regional Office
650 Addison Avenue West, Suite 110
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 736-2190

Related Pages

Public Water System Planning Grants

Public Water System Construction Loans

Public Wastewater System Planning Grants

Public Wastewater System Construction Loans