Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
Project sponsors are required to ensure, to the best extent possible, that disadvantaged businesses have the opportunity to participate in a fair share of the contracts and subcontracts awarded in a SRF-funded project. Entities listed below can help you find such businesses.
- Office of Small Minority Business Assistance
Office of the Governor
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 474
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
- South Carolina Department of Transportation
Office of Compliance, Room 403
Post Office Box 191
Columbia, South Carolina 29202
- Minority Business Development Agency Business Center-Columbia
1515 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 20201
Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS)
CUPSS is a free, easy-to-use, asset management tool for small drinking water and wastewater utilities. CUPSS provides a simple approach based on EPA's highly successful Simple Tools for Effective Performance (STEP) Guide series. Use CUPSS to help you develop a record of your assets, schedule of required tasks, understanding of your financial situration and a tailored assest management plan.
Financial Comparison Tool
EPA has come up with a comparison tool called FACT. You can click on Financing Alternatives Comparison Tool (FACT) to help find the most cost effective way to fund a wastewater or drinking water management project. This tool make a comprehensive analysis that compares several financing choices for these projects by including financing, regulatory, and other important costs.
South Carolina Water Quality Revolving Fund Authority Act
To view this Act, you can click on SC Water Quality Revolving Fund Authority Act and go to Chapter 5.
2011 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey (DWINSA) and Assessment
The DWINSA collects data from water systems nationwide that are eligible to receive Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) monies. The needs survey asks systems to estimate their 20-year capital improvement needs to ensure safe drinking water is available to customers. Data from these surveys are used to develop formulas used by Congress to allot Drinking Water SRF grants to each state based on their need.
Mail out of surveys will occur in mid-March, 2011.
DWINSA Website: http://www.dwneeds.com/
2012 Clean Watersheds Needs Survey (CWNS)
The CWNS is a thorough review of the capital needs to meet the water quality goals set forth in the Clean Water Act. Every four years, the states and EPA collect information about:
- Publicly owned wastewater collection and treatment facilities
- Stormwater and combined sewer overflows (CSOs) control facilities
- Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution control projects
- Decentralized wastewater management
Information collected about these facilities and projects includes:
- Estimated needs to address water quality or water quality related public health problems
- Facility populations served, flow, effluent, and unit process information
- NPS best management practices
This information is used by EPA to document national needs in a Report to Congress. The Report provides Congress, as well as state legislatures, with information to assist their budgeting efforts. The data are also used to:
- Help measure environmental progress
- Contribute to academic research
- Provide information to the public
- Help local and state governments implement water quality programs
CWNS Website: www.epa.gov/cwns
Questions and/or Comments?
SC State Contact: George Bryan
Phone: (803) 898-4169