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2016 Statewide Water and Wastewater Rate Study

In the past, the Montana Department of Commerce conducted periodic Montana community rate surveys. The four most recent were conducted in 2014, 2003, 1999 and 1996. The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) staff conducted the 2016 rate study and increased the scope to address additional public systems throughout the state. All told, 229 systems were identified and contacted.

The study provided an up-to-date, comparative account of what rate payers across the state are paying monthly for water and wastewater services, and it includes a number of other complimentary and relevant data points. The results analyses are presented as monthly dollar amount cost and as an annual cost ratio of the Median Household Income (MHI) for that area for optimum stakeholder use. The overall average from all communities surveyed is considered the "target rate" and is typically used in the uniform grant application process when communities apply for infrastructure project funding. The current target rates for Montana are 1.4 percent for water only, 0.9 percent for wastewater only and 2.3 percent combined. This report explains the methodology used to collect the survey data and presents the results of the study.

2016 Statewide Water and Wastewater Rate Study (pdf)

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American Rescue Plan Act 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (PUB. L. NO 117-2 SEC 602 (c)(1)(d)) provides state and local aid to make necessary investments in water and sewer infrastructure. The 67th Montana Legislature passed HOUSE BILL 632 which directed the federal funds available under the American Rescue Plan Act for use in Montana. Section 1 – Section 5 address how the federal funds will be distributed to necessary water and sewer infrastructure projects. House Bill 632 created the Infrastructure Advisory Commission who will oversee spending on water and sewer infrastructure projects along with the Governor of Montana.

Information and online ARPA Water & Sewer Grant Application

Registered users can only work on one online application at a time.  Once the application has been completed and submitted, the registered user can start another application.  DNRC recommends that applicants download the application materials "offline".  Once all of the application materials are ready and supporting documents are ready, the registered user can quickly fill out the online application, click submit and then will be allowed to apply for a new one.

Links to online materials are provided throughout the grant application guidance.  

The WORKSHEET is made available for offline work only. The application must be submitted online.


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Public Notice Resource Conservation Advisory Council Meets February 23

The Resource Conservation Advisory Council (RCAC) will hold its next meeting February 23, 2022, at Lubrecht Experimental Forest in Greenough. The meeting will take place from 9 am-12 pm. A virtual option will be available. The Council will review 223 grant applications and make funding recommendations for DNRC to approve.Feb 02, 2022

RRGL & RDGP 2022-2023 Biennium Grant Application Ranking

2023 Biennium Grant Awarded Applications Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program Applications Reclamation and Development Grant Program ApplicationsDec 15, 2020

Available Grants and Loans

May 04, 2017

Governors Budget Books 2022-2023 Biennium: RRGL & RDGP Programs

Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program & Reclamation and Development Grant ProgramNov 15, 2016

RRGL and RDG Applications Received

Mar 04, 2020
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