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 453c
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
- South Carolina Department of Transportation
Business Development & Special Programs
Post Office Box 191
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
- Minority Business Development Agency Business Center-Columbia
1515 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 20202
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.
2015 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey (DW Needs Survey)
Every four years, the DW Needs Survey collects data from water systems nationwide that are eligible to receive Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) monies. The survey asks a sample of systems to estimate their 20-year capital improvement needs to ensure safe drinking water is available to customers. Congress uses data from the survey to determine the annual allotments - the amount of federal money provided to State SRF programs from Safe Drinking Water Revolving Fund appropriations.
States assist in gathering acceptable data from survey participants. Strong participation provides a state the opportunity to increase funds available to drinking water systems through the SRF program.
Mail out of surveys will occur in early-April, 2015. Data will be entered through the end of 2015. Results of the survey are reported to Congress in the second year after the survey takes place.
EPA's Drinking Water Needs Survey web page, http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/drinkingwater/dwns/index.cfm .
Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment data entry portal: http://www.dwneeds.com/
2011 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment:
Fifth Report to Congress is found on EPA's DWSRF Webpage http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/dwsrf/
SC State Contact for DW Needs Survey: Mark Noble
Phone: (803) 898-3821
2016 Clean Watersheds Needs Survey (CW Needs Survey)
The CW Needs Survey is a thorough review of the estimated cost for infrastructure that utilities and municipalities need 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 from the survey is complied into a report to Congress that documents national needs. The Report provides Congress, and state legislatures, information to assist their budgeting efforts and provide information on general water quality issues to the public.
The 2012 CW Needs Survey concluded in late 2012. The results are being verified and analyzed. The report should be published in early 2015.
The next CW Needs Survey will begin in early 2016.
CWNS Website: www.epa.gov/cwns