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Pretreatment Capacity

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The ARPA Pretreatment Request for Proposals is now live!  Apply for these ARPA funds by responding to the “Pretreatment Grant Funds for Businesses and Municipalities RFP” 

ARPA Funding Overview

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding is available to invest in wastewater pretreatment systems that reduce high strength or incompatible waste at municipal wastewater treatment facilities.

Wastewater from commercial or industrial sources is more concentrated in pollutants than wastewater generated in residences. Specifically, the expansion of Vermont’s food and beverage manufacturing including craft brewing, dairy and meat processing and other small industries provides economic opportunity in many Vermont communities, but these businesses often produce high strength wastes that can be challenging for municipal wastewater facilities to treat.

Pretreatment facilities remove or reduce harmful pollutants before they are discharged to municipal wastewater treatment facilities. In addition, pretreatment processes can address emerging contaminants and toxic chemicals such as per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS).

Starting in State Fiscal Year 2021, $2 million will be available, with an opportunity for additional ARPA funding in future years pending legislative approval.

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Funding Details

Grant funding can be used by the municipality to develop local pollution limits to protect the wastewater treatment facility. Funding may also be distributed by the municipality to industrial users to implement, improve or expand pretreatment systems.

To assure the program provides impactful support, information gathered during a forthcoming Request for Information will be used to finalize the funding details of this program.


Eligible projects include treatment systems for high-strength or toxic wastewater discharged to a Vermont municipal wastewater treatment facility, municipal local limits development, pollution prevention implementation, industrial waste surveys, and leachate treatment.

Projects receiving ARPA funding for water and sewer-related investments from the Agency of Natural Resources, including Pretreatment Initiative projects, must follow US Treasury guidance which requires that projects meet project eligibility criteria applied to the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund. Under these requirements, municipalities can expect to receive grant funds to support municipal pretreatment work or to pass funds to private businesses to support the planning, design, and construction of privately-owned pretreatment infrastructure.

Projects for private entities must pass through municipalities to be eligible for funding. Successful projects will include a solid partnership between municipalities and private entities.

Equity Considerations

ARPA funds will help disadvantaged communities address the public health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and help protect them from future crises.

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation will prioritize inclusion and engagement with under-represented groups to advance environmental justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion through project selection. The prioritization rubric will prioritize funding that supports minority and women-owned business and businesses owned by economically disadvantaged individuals.

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Request for Information

In November 2021, DEC released a Request for Information (RFI) to seek information from municipalities and private sector businesses related to their industrial and municipal wastewater pretreatment needs. The RFI closed on November 19, 2021.

Responses to the RFI enabled the DEC to better understand how potential projects may be funded by the ARPA pretreatment program and what barriers may be present in current funding mechanisms. 

Request for Proposals

Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), Vermont DEC’s Wastewater Program is seeking eligible pretreatment projects that can be completed by September 2025, that will be funded by the available SFY 2022 or subsequent appropriations. Proposals from municipalities and private businesses will be reviewed by VTDEC staff and awardees notified in summer 2022. Before beginning work on your proposal please read the primary eligibility requirements below to ensure that your project idea qualifies for funding.

To apply for funding please review the “Pretreatment Grant Funds for Businesses and Municipalities Request for Proposals (RFP)” 

Program Contact: Nick Giannetti - email Nick, phone: 802-490-6186