The Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Office of Drinking Water (ODW) is pleased to accept comments on the new Application Scorecards for both traditional construction applications and the Lead Elimination Assistance Program (LEAP) applications.
With the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the renewed emphasis on infrastructure at drinking water systems, new score sheets are necessary. The Financial Construction Assistance Program (FCAP) last revised score sheets in April 2019. The 2019 Construction Scoresheet did not address many of the infrastructure issues that BIL implements. The revised project scoresheet includes additional points for the replacement of lead jointed cast iron pipe, the replacement of asbestos cement pipe, and the installation of emergency electric power generators, among other changes.
The LEAP Scorecard was updated to expand eligibility criteria for vulnerable populations by adding the Poverty Indicator and Pre-K Enrollment Indicator from the VDH Youth Well-Being Index. The LEAP Scorecard expands eligibility criteria for young children who are most vulnerable to exposure from lead in drinking water; adding a “Readiness to Proceed” section to prioritize projects that are ready to move forward now; and adding bonus points for Lead Service Line (LSL) Replacement Projects to separate them from the LSL Inventory projects. Removal of LSLs reduces risks to public health.
Both the Construction and LEAP Scorecards are available at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/drinking-water/fcap/drinking-water-funding-program/ or by contacting Kelly Ward, FCAP Director, (804) 864-7500 or Kelly.Ward@vdh.virginia.gov, VDH – ODW, 109 Governor St., 6th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219. Please direct comments to Ms. Ward. Comments on the Scorecards are due by April 17, 2023. All comments submitted should include the name, address, and phone number of the person providing the comments.
|Name / Title:||Kelly Ward / Director, FCAP|
109 Governor Street
|Telephone:||(804)864-7500 FAX: ()- TDD: ()-|