Department of Agriculture - Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant - ARRA Recovery Plan
Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) provides loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and drainage facilities in rural areas and cities of 10,000 or less. Recipients include public bodies, recognized Indian tribes, and non-profits, including Faith-Based and Neighborhood organizations. WEP also makes grants to nonprofit organizations to provide technical assistance and training to rural communities with water, wastewater, and solid waste problems.
Improving the Rural Quality of Life: The program investments will provide safe, affordable water, sewer, and waste disposal services to rural communities. Constructing new facilities or repairing and upgrading aging facilities will protect communities from waterborne illnesses. Modern drinking water systems and sanitary disposal of waste water will address serious long-term infrastructure needs. The basic water and waste water systems will provide infrastructure that will help communities sustain economic development. Reliable service will enable rural residents to participate in the global economy and improve their quality of life. The program investments will deliver technical assistance and construction financing, create and maintain rural jobs, and develop economic opportunity in rural communities.
These investments will improve drinking water distribution systems/treatment facilities, wastewater collection/treatment facilities, storm water facilities and solid waste handling systems. System designs will be adequate to meet existing capacity demands and reasonable growth. Designs will include effective energy efficiency and water conservation practices. Efficiency measures will include replacement of deteriorating pipes, reductions of water loss in drinking water systems and infiltration in wastewater systems, installation of modern monitoring systems and energy efficient equipment. Water quality in rural areas will be improved and water resources will be better managed.
Jobs Created or Saved: While the exact number and mix of jobs created by a water or waste disposal project will vary, all of the jobs will be above minimum wage and be sufficient to support a family. Jobs created for a water or waste disposal infrastructure improvement project fall into one of four areas: construction; secondary support; operation and maintenance of the facility; and potential growth as a result of the infrastructure.
Typical construction jobs created will be professional engineers to evaluation and present reasonable alternatives for the water and or waste disposal project or improvements to the existing system. Often projects are selected for funding to protect the public health and to meet the regulatory requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act or the Clean Water Act. Environmental specialists job are created to identify, evaluate and mitigate any potential adverse effects caused by the proposed project. An Environmental Report, Environmental Impact Assessment, or an Environmental Impact Statement will result from this evaluation. Professional engineers will design the alternative selected and prepare the project specifications. Engineers or specialist will prepare bid documents; review bids; select the winning qualified bidder; take part in pre-construction conference(s); and monitor the actual construction of the projects. Specialists and construction inspectors will monitor the construction progress, and verify/authorize payment requests from the contractor
Secondary Jobs created include manufacturing jobs in supplying materials and equipment needed for the project. These include refinery and chemical plant jobs; steel and iron worker jobs; heavy machinery jobs, and; transportation jobs.
Operation and maintenance of the facility:
Once a project is completed, the facility and resultant utility system will employ water or wastewater treatment operators. These positions are skilled and require state certification in order to qualify. Chemical plant jobs in support of water and wastewater treatment will be created. Specialized skill jobs such as electrician, plumbers, and heavy equipment will be needed for repairs beyond the ability of the utility system.
The measures have been revised to enrich the performance metrics for Recovery targets. In some instances, targets will not be available until additional baseline data has been collected.
Reduce by 7% rural people's exposure to water related health and safety hazards
|Frequency : Long-term|
|Direction : Increasing|
|Type : Outcome|
|Explanation : Recovery Act funds goal to exceed current target by 2%|
|Unit : Percent|
Customers receive new or improved water system service
|Frequency : Annual|
|Direction : Increasing|
|Type : Outcome|
|Explanation : Count the number of dwellings served by water and waste disposal projects. This information is provided by applicants in their project proposals and updated in post construction borrower reports.|
|Unit : # of customers|
Schedule and Milestones
March 2009 – Apportionment of funding completed
March 2009- Guidelines provided to State and Area Offices on ARRA Implementation
April 2009 – Submission of Agency and Program Specific Plans to OMB
Project Execution Stage:
April 2009 – ARRA fund obligation for shovel ready projects.
April 2009 – Notice of Funds Availability published for all Rural Development Programs implementing ARRA.
May 2009 – Allocation of Funds to State Offices and National Circuit Rider Contract.
May – September 2009 – State allocations are monitored and teleconferences and assistance visits provided to ensure proper utilization of funds.
June 20, 2009 – Complete obligation of $1.3 Billion of ARRA funding.
December 30, 2009 – Complete cumulative obligation of $2 Billion of ARRA funding.
June 2009 to September 2010 - The Agency will manage funding to ensure the September 30, 2010 deadline for obligation is met. Funding will periodically be redistributed.
May 2009 to August 2010 – Complete marketing of ARRA funding through outreach
September 30, 2010 – Complete cumulative obligation of $3.8 Billion of ARRA funding.
|Complete obligations of $1.3 Billion of ARRA funding.
|Complete obligation of $2 Billion of cumulative ARRA funding
|Complete obligation of $2 Billion of cumulative ARRA funding.
Projects and Activities
Loans and grants to rural water and waste systems will be used to construct, improve, rehabilitate or expand existing water and waste disposal systems to areas initially excluded because service was not economically feasible. Private engineering consultants and construction contractors will be hired by rural water systems to design and build systems.
In addition 1.3% of grant funding will be used to provide grants to nonprofit organization for technical assistance for rural water and waste systems. These technical assistance providers will help rural communities identify critical water and waste needs, develop operating plans, set rates and apply for financing.
Funds Oversight: Fund usage will be monitored. Existing management systems will be utilized to ensure adequate controls are utilized in the distribution of funds. The Agency will monitor request for funds from recipients to ensure proper use of funding.
Performance measures: Monitoring of the established performance measures will be completed either monthly or quarterly as stated. Under performing recipients will receive information to assist in improving performance. Management control measures will ensure high risk areas are monitored t eliminate fraud, waste and abuse of the ARRA funding.
Long Term Evaluation: The Water Programs has reporting systems in place to give quantifiable evidence about how the funds are being expended and to what extent communities are being served. Ongoing evaluation of the ARRA funding impact will be completed through the reporting requirements for fund recipients.
Civil Rights Compliance Reviews: The Agency will complete compliance reviews in accordance with 7 CFR 1901-E to ensure activities comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Executive Order 11246, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974. Program beneficiaries are measured to ensure they are in proportion to the population of the area. Nothing herein shall be interpreted to prohibit preference to American Indians on Indian Reservations.
Cost and Performance Plan
The website www.recovery.gov will be used as the repository for all information related to ARRA funding. Project descriptions, funding amounts, recipient information and other information of public interest will be made available. Outreach efforts, such as workshops, to inform the public of the economic opportunities available for their communities, will be hosted by Rural Development. Information on workshops as well as press events or videos produced for implementation of the Recovery Act will be posted on the Rural Development Recovery Act website. Reporting of all Recovery Act activity will comply with OMB guidance and be made publicly available on www.recovery.gov.
Program performance measures, including civil rights compliance, are integrated into manager performance plans. Reports of progress in meeting the performance measures are provided in timely reports that allow for accountability discussions with managers. Monitoring will be done on a frequency that will allow implementation of corrective action as necessary.
Energy Efficiency Spending Plans
The Agency is committed to energy efficient, sustainable designs. Sustainability of facilities begins with eligibility criteria requiring projects to be modest and applicants to demonstrate they possess the financial, technical, and managerial capacity to take responsibility for their facilities. Project plans for compliance with design policies, including the requirement that designers consider cost effective, energy efficient, and environmentally sound products and services.
Program Plan Award Types
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