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Environmental Loans (EL) Compendium of 2015 revisions to chs. NR 162 & NR 166 Priority Scoring and Ranking System – SDWLP

(ss. NR 166.23 – 166.25, Wis. Adm. Code)

This page provides information about the changes DNR made to the Priority Scoring and Ranking System sections of the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) code. The following highlights the significant changes to Subchapter III of the drinking water code. All of the modifications identified below related to the award of points in the Priority Evaluation and Ranking Formula (PERF) and are found in s. NR 166.23, Wis. Adm. Code.

Supporting documentation

Language was added at the beginning of subch. III stating that DNR may require documentation to support any points requested by the applicant in the PERF. DNR is requiring that supporting documentation be submitted online with the PERF. If DNR does not receive supporting documentation for a particular factor in the PERF, DNR will assign a score of zero to that factor. This requirement is meant to provide evidence for awarding all of the points being requested on the PERF.

Secondary contaminants section

The DNR increased the point value to 20 for each of the questions in the Secondary Contaminants section of the PERF that previously had a point value of 10. The reason for this increase is to make a clearer separation on the funding list between projects addressing the most significant issues in the Secondary Contaminants section from the projects that are mostly receiving points for project components that have a less direct or less serious impact on human health.

Redundancy & system reliability

The previous PERF included one 4-point question regarding whether the project was adding redundancy— an additional river, railroad, or highway crossing to a major system divide resulting in better reliability. The 4 points were awarded whether the project was adding extra redundancy to already existing redundancy, or the project was putting redundancy in place for the first time (e.g., going from one highway crossing to two).

The revised NR 166 includes two questions regarding redundancy:

  • A 20-point question to award higher points for a project that is addressing system reliability where significant reliability issues exist. This could include putting a crossing in place where there was only one previously, installing a second surface water intake; or constructing a second well.
  • A 4-point question to award redundancy points for a project that will add another river, railroad, or highway crossing when two or more crossings already exist.

Lead services & joints

One previous 4-point question was expanded from just awarding points for replacement of lead services to also awarding points for replacing lead joints with non-lead services or joints.

Water loss & non-revenue water

Another 4-point question was modified from awarding points for documented water loss of more than 30% if the project will reduce water loss to awarding points if the system has:

  • documented non-revenue water in excess of 30% of the total water entering the distribution system; or
  • for public water systems with 1,000 or fewer customers, water losses exceeding 25%; or
  • for public water systems with more than 1,000 customers, water losses exceeding 15%; and
  • the project reduces the amount of non-revenue water within the system.

Undesirable cross connections

Another previous 4-point question was expanded from just awarding points for removal of water mains that pass through sanitary sewer manholes to also awarding points for correction of other types of undesirable cross connections.

All ITAs/PERFs must be submitted: online, annually, by October 31

The deadline for submitting the PERF information was changed from December 31 to October 31 in s. NR 166.24. Instructions for submitting online are available at On-Line System for ITA/PERF Submittals.

PERFs are valid for one state fiscal year only. The PERF and the Notice of Intent to Apply (ITA) are combined into one "document" in the on-line system. You must complete both an ITA and a PERF for the year in which you will submit an application. There is no longer an option when completing the ITA to mark "previously submitted". Each year you are considering applying for a loan for a particular project, you must complete the information fields in the on-line system for both ITA and PERF by October 31.

Financial assistance per biennium

The final revision to ch. NR 166 reflects a statutory change that sets a biennial cap on the amount any one municipality may receive in SDWLP financial assistance. The original cap was 25% of the amount of present value subsidy (PV) that was designated each biennium in s. 281.61(8), Wis. Stats. The statute was changed to a cap of 25% of the amount of assistance planned to be provided in the biennium. The Department of Administration (DOA) will determine this amount using the information approved in our biennial finance plan.

Present value subsidy (PV) references no longer valid

Changes made to the state statutes in the 2015-2017 biennial budget process removed PV (present value subsidy) from the statutes to reflect restructuring of the Environmental Improvement Fund (EIF), hence references to PV in the codes are no longer valid.

Contact information
Direct questions about statutes, codes, and policies to:
Jeanne Cargill
Policy coordinator, EL section
Bureau of CFA
For information about a specific loan, contact your project manager:
EL Staff directory - areas of expertise are listed
For EL program information, contact:
Bureau of CFA

Mailing address:
Environmental Loans - CF/2
Dept of Natural Resources
101 S Webster St
PO Box 7921
Madison WI  53707-7921

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Last revised: Friday January 15 2016