Wastewater and Drinking Water Program (WDW)

Many communities in Indiana struggle with inadequate water supply and failing wastewater treatment.  The Office of Community and Rural Affairs is committed to improving the quality of water and wastewater in Indiana and assisting in financing appropriate water and sewer infrastructure for communities and counties that have planned and set priorities for long-term development.

The goals of the Wastewater and Drinking Water (DWD) program are:

  • Protect the health and environment
  • Reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities
  • Improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth

Grant amounts for communities with existing systems will be based on the current rates at the time of application and grant amounts for communities constructing new systems will be based on a verified rate study included in a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER).

The amount of CDBG funds granted will be based on a $5,000 cost per project beneficiary. Maximum grant amounts are based upon user rate information, as follows:

Maximum Grant Amounts User Rates
(Over $50)
User Rates
($30 to $50)
User Rates
(Under $30)
Projects over $1 million in total project cost $700,000 $600,000 $550,000
Projects under $1 million in total project cost $600,000 $550,000 $500,000
(Rates for 4,000 gallons)

General types of activities that are eligible for WDW funding: 
  • Wastewater Improvements (collection lines, treatment plant, etc.)
  • Drinking Water System Improvements (water tower, distribution)

Find the 2018 Round 1 application and other resources here: www.in.gov/ocra/cdbg.htm