Drinking Water Resources

Some 13.8 million U.S. households (almost 12%) face unaffordable water bills while water utilities struggle to fund maintenance or replacement of aging pipes. We will expand understanding of the causes and circumstances of today’s crisis, develop and disseminate new tools, and help identify a common rural and urban agenda that unifies and focuses our collective actions.

Here you’ll find a collection of go-to resources on drinking water curated by River Network staff and broken down into subcategories.

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The Basics

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Water Infrastructure


Federal Infrastructure Funding

  • Infrastructure Fact Sheet from Clean Water for All
  • Any Federal Infrastructure Package Should Boost Investment in Low Income Communities from Center on Budget and Policy

State Revolving Funds

  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) webpage from EPA
  • Funding Disadvantaged Communities with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund factsheet from EPA
  • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) webpage from EPA
  • Go Back to the Well – Using SRF from NRDC
  • State approaches to affordability under the DWSRF – presentation at 2019 conference from Council on Infrastructure Financing Authorities (CIFA)
  • Presentation on water inclusion project at Kresge Crews – focus on SRF distribution
  • Let the Dollars Flow: Streamlining Illinois’s State Revolving Fund from Metropolitan Planning Council

Drinking Water & COVID-19

Resource Materials