Protecting Public Health and the Environment.

Drinking Water and Wastewater Grants and Loans Priority List Process

Each year DEQ develops an Intended Use Plan that includes a listing of priority drinking water and wastewater construction projects eligible for state assistance. The process of developing the plan begins annually in October when DEQ invites communities to submit Letters of Interest (LOIs) indicating their interest in obtaining grants or loans to improve or expand their drinking water and wastewater systems. LOI forms are posted to DEQ's website at that time and are due to DEQ in early January. (The deadline for submitting LOIs for fundable projects in fiscal year (FY) 2019 was January 12, 2018.)

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 are notified that they are eligible to apply for a grant or loan from DEQ at the beginning of the next fiscal year.

FY 2020 Funding Cycle

Forms for the FY 2020 funding cycle (July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020)
will be available in October 2018.

Communities interested in seeking funding for drinking water and/or wastewater construction projects in FY 2019 are encouraged to contact their local DEQ regional office to discuss the issues facing their systems with DEQ staff (see staff contacts at right) before submitting an LOI. Most systems find it in their best interest to have a consulting engineer assist them with the completing the LOI.

For More Information

See Related Pages at right and links below for additional information on the grant and loan process.


Staff Contacts

Engineering Manager
Todd Crutcher
DEQ Boise Regional Office
1445 N. Orchard St.
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0550

Staff Engineer
Katy Baker-Casile
DEQ Coeur d'Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 666-4640

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

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

Engineering Manager
Tom Hepworth
DEQ Pocatello Regional Office
444 Hospital Way #300
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 236-6160

Water Quality Engineer
Brian Reed
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