ARPA Partnership Program Eligibility Requirements

The following eligibility criteria applies to those applying for the ARPA Sewer and Water Utility Infrastructure Grant Program's Partnership Program.


Eligible Applicants

Local governments: must be within the boundaries of Pierce County. 


Qualified housing organizations: must be a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and/or qualify for affordable housing incentives as defined by Pierce County Code (PCC) Title 18A.65. Nonprofit organizations must partner and apply jointly with a local jurisdiction to be eligible.


Water system owners or operators: must be classified as Group A by the Washington State Department of Health, and must be owned by a local government, a nonprofit organization, or an organization that is proportionately and solely owned by its customers. 


Eligible Projects

All projects must be located within the boundaries of Pierce County. 


Treatment works: Projects must be by or for a local government or a qualified housing organization in partnership with a local jurisdiction for purposes of improving any device or system used in the storage, treatment, recycling, and reclamation of municipal sewage or industrial wastes of a liquid nature, or any other method or system for preventing, abating, reducing, storing, treating, separating, or disposing of municipal waste, including collection and conveyance. 


The qualified housing organization must be part of a multi-family housing project that increases low-income and moderate-income housing options.


Drinking water system: Projects must be by or for a local government, nonprofit, or co-op for the purpose of treatment, transmission and distribution, storage of drinking water, or new, additional, or alternative sources of drinking water.


Projects may include:

  • The construction of County-owned treatment works (i.e., new infrastructure);
  • The construction of publicly owned, or privately owned, water system infrastructure (i.e., new infrastructure); or
  • The upgrade, repair, replacement, rehabilitation, or preservation of existing infrastructure.


Ineligible Uses

Federal ARPA funds may not be used for the following:

  • To purchase a water system;
  • To purchase all or substantially all of the assets of a water system;
  • To create new community or regional water system;
  • To offset a reduction in net tax revenue;
  • To make deposits into pension funds;
  • For debt service or replenishing financial reserves;
  • For satisfaction of settlements and judgements;
  • For any project that conflicts with or contravenes the purpose of ARPA or CDC COVID-19 mitigation practices; or
  • In any way that is in violation of the Award Terms and Conditions or conflict of interest requirements under the uniform guidance.