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We need your feedback! The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is updating its definition of "disadvantaged communities" under the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) ( Complete this survey to share your opinion!
This definition matters because it impacts which communities can access low-to-no cost loans for drinking water infrastructure projects. Safe and reliable drinking water is essential for our health. The DWSRF is required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set aside a percentage of its funding as no-to-low cost loans and grants for disadvantaged communities.
The DWSRF funds public drinking water projects, including construction and maintenance of pipes, storage tanks, and water treatment. Communities who don't qualify as disadvantaged can still receive DWSRF loans.
We are specifically trying to reach communities served by public water systems that may experience disproportionate hardship in affording or accessing safe and reliable drinking water. These include, but are not limited to, communities of color, tribal communities or communities on tribal lands, people who are low-income, migrant workers, and people with chronic health conditions or sensitivities that put them at higher risk of impacts.

If this applies to you, please take a few minutes to provide feedback on the following questions specific to your community.

Please complete this survey by December 31st, 2023.

This survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Information collected via this survey may be subject to release in accordance with RCW 42.56. If you have questions about this survey, please contact Chelsea Cannard at

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* 1. Within your community, what barriers do people experience in accessing safe and reliable drinking water (ex. cost, concerns about water quality, etc.)?

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* 2. What are the most important factors to consider when prioritizing loan forgiveness for "disadvantaged communities"?

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* 3. We are looking to engage with your community directly. Within your community, who should we reach out to and how? Who are community leaders or groups we should connect with?

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* 4. 1.       Is there anything else you want us to know about this topic?

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