Oregon
Rule Rule 123-043-0035
Criteria and Limitations for Funding — Water Projects


(1) Priority shall be given to projects necessary to ensure that municipal water and wastewater systems achieve or maintain compliance with the requirements of:
(a) Drinking water quality standards administered by the Oregon Health Authority Drinking Water Services; or
(b) Water quality statutes, rules, orders, or permits administered by DEQ or the Environmental Quality Commission.
(2) If a municipal water or wastewater system has not been issued a notice of non-compliance by the governing regulatory authority, the Authority may determine that a proposed project is eligible for assistance upon a finding that one of the following has been met:
(a) A recent letter has been issued by the appropriate regulatory authority, such as the Oregon Health Authority Drinking Water Services, DEQ, or its contracted agent, which indicates a high probability that the system owner will soon be notified of non-compliance with either the Safe Drinking Water Act or the Clean Water Act;
(b) The project would assist a municipality achieve or maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act or the Clean Water Act, as documented by a regulatory agency recognized by the Authority as having responsibility for the protection of water quality and the supply of clean drinking water; or
(c) The project would address an urgent need including:
(A) Projects intended to address a community drinking water health risk;
(B) Projects intended to address a community drinking water supply concern;
(C) Wastewater projects intended to address a surface water or groundwater quality concern; or
(D) Stormwater projects intended to reduce community vulnerability to flooding.
(3) The project must be consistent with the acknowledged local comprehensive plan.
(4) When the Authority determines funds are limited, it will apply the following prioritization criteria when selecting water projects to receive funding:
(a) A preference for projects located within rural economically distressed areas as defined by the Oregon Business Development Department;
(b) A preference for projects that support a municipality’s efforts to achieve or maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act;
(c) A preference for projects that achieve water project regionalization; and
(d) A preference for partnerships and collaborative projects.
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