Protecting Public Health and the Environment.

Source Water Protection Grants

DEQ’s Source Water Protection Grants provide funding for projects to protect sources of public drinking water. Eligible activities include those that lead to the reduction in risk of contamination of a drinking water source. Projects must contribute to improved protection of one or more public water supply sources.

Eligible applicants include public water systems, state and local government agencies, tribes, special districts (such as soil conservation districts), associations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions in Idaho. Federal agencies are not eligible.

Maximum funding for projects should not exceed $10,000.

Eligible Expenditures

Projects that implement measures to reduce the threat of contaminants that could impact a specific drinking water source or regional drinking water supply are eligible for funding. Eligible projects include the following:

  • Contaminant source identification (research)
  • Contaminant pathway removal (closure of abandoned or unused wells)
  • Contaminant removal (hazardous waste collection, pollution prevention, and waste reduction)
  • Contaminant management (implementation of best management practices [BMPs], structures to divert contaminated runoff from the source)
  • Restoration and/or conservation of the ecological function of source water protection areas
  • Education and information sharing (brochures, workshops, and media campaigns)
  • Security measures to protect the source

Ineligible Expenditures

Projects specific to the treatment, transmission, distribution, consolidation, or storage of the drinking water system are not eligible for funding.

Source water protection grants cannot be used to fund personnel or purchase equipment associated with system operation and maintenance, water treatment, purchase of water rights or land, or system infrastructure upgrades or improvements such as flow meters or level indicators.

Funding Cycle

Grant applications will be accepted during the summer of 2021 for projects to begin in fall 2021.

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DEQ State Office - Water Quality Division

1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0502

Staff Contacts

Source Water Coordinator
Rachael Smith
(208) 373-0249

DEQ Guidance

Source Water Protection Grant Frequently Asked Questions

Related Pages

Source Water Assessments in Idaho

Source Water Protection Grant Guidelines

Source Water Protection Funded Projects