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.
Approximately $100,000 is available for project funding in federal fiscal year 2021. Maximum funding for projects should not exceed $10,000.
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
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.
Grant applications are currently being accepted. The application deadline is August 7, 2020 for projects to begin in fall 2020.
- Source Water Protection Grant Guidance
- Grant Application for Public Water Supply (This application is for water systems regulated by DEQ or an Idaho Health District)
- Grant Application for Non-Public Water Supply (This form is for applicants that are not regulated by DEQ or an Idaho health district such as associations, non-profit organizations, or educational institutions)
- Grant Scoring Criteria