Planning and Design Technical Assistance Program
Grant applications are now closed.
Applicant's Guide - updated June 20, 2014
The purpose of WIFA's Planning and Design Technical Assistance Program is to help prepare water
and wastewater facilities for future infrastructure project construction. Typically,
awards are made to facilities with limited resources that need assistance in completing
the planning and/or design phase of an infrastructure project. funding is
provided to employ the services of an engineer or other consultant to complete these
activities. Funds are released on a reimbursement basis as work is completed,
and awards are capped at $35,000 per project. Funding cannot be used for project
construction or purchase of materials and equipment.
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WIFA will place priority on projects that are developed and ready to begin. Description
of project tasks and approximate costs must be provided in the application
for WIFA to consider the project for award. To supply this information, applicants
may need to solicit proposals from a consultant(s) before completing their application
Two Technical Assistance Cycles
Cycle 1 (Drinking Water and Wastewater/Stormwater)
Cycle 2 (Drinking Water only)
Request for Applications
First business day in July
First business day in January
Last business day in August
Last business day in February
WIFA Application Review
September - October
March - April
October WIFA Board Meeting
April WIFA Board Meeting
WIFA continues to encourage green projects, which may qualify for a waiver on the
local match funding requirement. The four categories of eligible green projects
are shown below, with examples for each. The determination of eligibility for the
match waiver will be made by WIFA and based on the percentage of the project that
qualifies as green and the documentation provided by the applicant. For more information
on green projects, visit WIFA's
Green Project Reserve web page.
- Leak detection (drinking water)
- Water recycling
- Effluent Reuse
- Energy audits
- Energy efficient retrofits and upgrades
- Renewable energy
- LEED certified buildings or renovations
Green Stormwater Infrastructure
- Stormwater management systems for streets and parking areas
- Stormwater harvesting and reuse projects
- Establishment or restoration of wetlands, bioengineered stream banks
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Drinking Water technical assistance is available to community water systems owned by a
political subdivision (city, town, county, special district, tribal entity) or an
ACC-regulated private entity. Additional eligibility criteria apply to non-community
water systems; contact WIFA for more details.
Clean Water (wastewater) technical assistance is available to wastewater facilities owned
by a political subdivision (city, town, county, special district, tribal entity).
Private entities seeking assistance in forming a political subdivision to facilitate future
infrastructure projects may also be eligible.
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Below are descriptions of some of the projects that WIFA funded in Fiscal Year 2010.
Parker Springs Water Company
Technical evaluation of peaking factors in water demands, cost estimates for future
capital improvements to upgrade the system, investigation of location for new well
and storage reservoir, concept design for looping and redundancy.
Mt. Lemmon Water District
Preliminary Engineering Report to address undersized main and service lines, water
pressure and water quality problems.
Cienega Water Company
Preliminary Engineering Report for fluoride treatment.
New Saddleback Vista DWID
Design work for arsenic and uranium removal - water quality tests, site survey,
environmental assessment, site plan, engineering.
Chandler Heights Citrus Irrigation District
System is soon to have an inadequate water supply and inadequate water storage capacity
to meet potable water demand. Back-up well exceeds nitrate standards. Work includes
study of alternate sources to connect into the system as well as additional storage.
McNeal Water Company
Site survey, engineering study, and design work for ADEQ-required storage tank and
booster pump. Planning/design work for installing photovoltaic panels.
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Pinal County Housing Division
Design project to replace the Eleven Mile Corner Wastewater Treatment Plant that
has reached the end of its life and feasibility study of changing the treatment
plant's energy source to solar power.
Town of Patagonia
Energy audit and feasibility study for use of renewable energy at the wastewater
Alpine Sanitary District
Explore options for using constructed wetlands to improve water quality of discharge
to San Francisco River.
Town of Miami
Preliminary Engineering Report for improvements to wastewater collection system.
Town of Queen Creek
Analyze available subsurface data, groundwater modeling and information to evaluate
recharge capacity at the West Park Site and potential impacts on existing plume
at the WAFB Superfund site.
Town of Chino Valley
Design of septic to sewer project that will allow 20 residences, a 30-unit apartment
complex and the Chino Valley High School to decommission their septic tanks, allowing
a higher level of treatment for the wastewater.
Melanie Ford, Technical Program Supervisor
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