ARPA Support Program Eligibility Requirements

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

Eligible Applicants

Local governments: Any unit of local or tribal government in Pierce County, incorporated or unincorporated. 

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 in Pierce County. 

Eligible organizations must serve residents of a municipality with 3,500 or fewer residents.

Eligible Projects

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

Treatment works: Projects must be by or for a local government 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. 

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 publicly-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:

  • Federally owned public water systems;
  • For-profit noncommunity water systems;
  • The acquisition of water rights, laboratory fees for routine compliance monitoring, and operation and maintenance expenses;
  • 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.