Article posted in the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Summer 2022 Issue of Water Matters (Page 23)
2022 marks a celebratory year. It is PACE Engineer’s 30th anniversary, and it is the year H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 funding, becomes available, which is monumental to our industry. The $55 billion set aside for water infrastructure is the single largest federal investment in water. This act will lead to one of the biggest impacts waterworks have ever seen. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency website, Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds for Washington will be $152,987,000 and Oregon will be $92,075,000. These funds will also create more than 3,700 jobs between the two states.
In the Spring 2022 issue of Water Matters Quarterly Magazine, we read an article outlining about 50 bullet points of funding from this act. The big questions public agencies will be asking are “what do we qualify for” and “how do we apply.” To answer this, we are doing three things:
- Diligently staying informed on funding
- Working with our clients to establish capital requirements
- Assisting in securing needed funding for various projects and programs through grants or loans.
Over the past 30 years, PACE has assisted our public agency clients to obtain over $100 million in funding for public works projects through grants, low-interest loans, bonds, and ULIDs. The list of programs we have assisted with include: Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF); Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF); USDA Rural Development grants and loans; Community Development Block Grants in Snohomish and King Counties (CDBG), State Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG), State appropriations. We help clients prioritize capital improvement programs by assessing identified projects for funding eligibility, project priority, and impacts on the system to develop a list of the most economically effective projects to secure funding.
PACE Engineers is an employee-owned company that offers our clients civil and structural engineering, utility planning, land surveying, GIS, environmental services, and construction inspection and management services. We operate throughout the Pacific Northwest, with offices in Kirkland, Everett, and Wenatchee, Washington, and Lake Oswego, Oregon. Contact Bill Reynolds at 425.827.2014 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how PACE can help you take advantage of funding programs.