The Board of Water Resources appropriates funds to improve safety and water efficiency, develop new water projects, and refurbish aging infrastructure. Private or public water service providers can apply. Low-interest rates and repayment terms tailored to the project area’s affordability guidelines are available for qualifying projects.
To apply for funding from the Board of Water resources, click the red button below and follow the instructions listed on the application. To ensure we are able to process your request in a timely fashion, please follow the meeting schedule and application deadlines outlined below.
Board Meeting Date
January 28, 2021
November 20, 2020
March 17, 2021
January 8, 2021
June 17, 2021
April 9, 2021
August 5, 2021
May 28, 2021
September 16, 2021
Salt Lake City
July 9, 2021
October 28, 2021
Salt Lake City
August 20, 2021
December 9, 2021
Salt Lake City
October 1, 2021
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our report preparation process is taking longer than usual. As a result, we cannot guarantee your project will be presented to the Board on the specified date even if your application is submitted by the deadline. Future meetings may be held electronically to comply with social distancing guidelines as needed but could revert to in-person meetings when conditions improve.
Water For Utah 2020 – This publication presents an overview of the Divison and was presented to the Utah Legislature in February 2020.
New Secondary Water Meter Funding Program: The board reserves specific funds to encourage secondary water metering. The metering of secondary water combined with educational and/or tiered rate components has resulted in significant efficiency in the areas where meters have been installed. This stretches water supplies and reduces the impact on water delivery infrastructure. An interest rate of 1% has been approved for secondary water metering.
Who can apply for funding? Board funds can be obtained by most private or public water service providers in Utah. Over the past 70 years, about 1,500 private water companies, irrigation companies, municipalities and water districts have sought and received financial assistance from the board.
How does a project get funded? Entities initiate the funding process by submitting the online application found on this webpage. A division staff member will be assigned to work with the entity to assess the potential project and see if the project qualifies and prepare a feasibility report to present to the board for approval while working with the project sponsor throughout the funding process. Funding of a project depends on the availability of funds at the time the project comes before the board for committal, repayment ability and economic analyses.
Why do water providers utilize the Board of Water Resources loan program? The Utah Legislature established these revolving funds to benefit Utah citizens. The board has provided low interest or zero interest loans for water projects statewide. Repayments of these loans (including all interest paid) return to the board and fund additional projects. Entities seeking loans from the board will work with professional, friendly staff who work to make the funding process as simple as possible.
What is an eligible project? To be eligible for funding, a project cannot be routine operation and maintenance, cannot be sponsored by a developer or an individual/family and cannot be for a domestic water system where less than half of the residents live in the service area year-round. All other water projects will be considered for funding.
What to expect: The Funding Section Manager will have three to five days to review your application and assign a staff member to help you through the process. You will be contacted shortly to finalize your application, answer questions or address any additional information needed.
Water Funding Program History: In 1947, the Utah Legislature established the Utah Water & Power Board and granted the board the ability to administer loans for water and power projects. The Water & Power Board became the Board of Water Resources in 1967 when the Department of Natural Resources and Division of Water Resources were established.