Storm Mitigation Loan Program (SMLP)

Open Letter to All Community Water Systems Located in the Following Counties:
Bronx, Greene, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester

RE: Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Storm Mitigation Loan Program

August 6, 2013

Dear Public Water Supplier:

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your water system may be eligible to receive financial assistance in the form of a combined grant and zero interest loan through the New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) provisions of the Federal Disaster Relief Appropriations Act enacted as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Financial assistance is being made available through the DWSRF to eligible drinking water systems that undertake projects to reduce future storm damage risk and vulnerability or to enhance resiliency to rapid hydrologic change or a natural disaster. Examples of projects that may be eligible for financing under this program would be the installation, replacement or rehabilitation of emergency power generators, raising pumps, electrical controls or other critical components above the maximum recorded flood elevation, interconnections to provide redundant sources of drinking water supply, flood and storm water controls to protect water treatment plants or pump stations, storage tanks to ensure adequate finished water supply during storms, remote SCADA systems, etc..

Even if your system did not suffer actual physical damage from Hurricane Sandy you still may be eligible for financial assistance to provide for future resiliency if you can demonstrate impact, or had a loss or disruption of a mission-essential function. Examples of impacts or disruption of mission-essential function include a power loss during the storm that disrupted service for any length of time, high turbidity event that caused a disruption of the use of a water source, depletion of stored water, and increased demand to serve another system impacted. These examples are not meant to be all inclusive and please see the enclosed guidance for more information.

If you have a project that you wish to be considered, please fill out the pre-application attached to this letter and return it to DOH along with an engineer's report for the project by April 1, 2014. The filing of a pre-application will not obligate your system in any way but will assist you in understanding what financing may be available should you choose to proceed. We recommend that you check our website at http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/water.htm and the Environmental Facilities Corporation's website at http://www.nysefc.org for updates on this Storm Mitigation Loan Program.

If you have any questions regarding DWSRF financing through the Storm Mitigation Loan Program, please contact Michael Montysko P.E., at (518) 402-7676 or at mjm07@health.ny.gov

Sincerely,

Roger Sokol, Ph.D., Director
Bureau of Water Supply Protection