Resource Details


Clean Water Fund Program

The Clean Water Fund Program provides subsidized loans (reduced-interest rate loans) to municipalities for publicly-owned wastewater and water-quality related storm water infrastructure projects that are needed to achieve or maintain compliance with federal and state regulations, such as Wisconsin Pollutants Discharge Elimination System permits. The program funds are for reasonable and necessary costs directly related to the planning, design, and construction of eligible projects. Funds may be used to construct, improve, modify, purchase, replace, restore, and upgrade wastewater systems and infrastructure, such as collection, transmission, storage, treatment and disposal. Common projects include sewer replacement or rehabilitation, and wastewater treatment facility/plant upgrades.


Eligible applicants and funding recipients, also referred to as municipalities or local governments, include but are not limited to: Wisconsin cities, towns, villages, counties and sanitary districts.

Top Benefits

  • Program subsidy buys down the market rate on loans (reduced-interest rate loans).
  • Some municipalities may be eligible for further subsidy to reduce their loan size (principal forgiveness).
  • Fixed interest rates on long-term loans.
  • Coordination of funds with other funding sources.
  • Online system for submitting Intents to Apply and Financial Assistance Applications.
  • Dedicated DNR loan project manager and construction management engineer.

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