The Engineering Bureau plays an integral role in the function of the Department of Environmental Quality. The department has the responsibility for protecting and preserving Montana's environment, while balancing a host of economic and political interests. In order to do this effectively, we must be able to offer concrete alternatives and solutions to environmental problems and to foster effective working relationships with a variety of customers across Montana.
The bureau houses the Water Pollution Control State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Programs (SRF). Both SRF Programs provide technical assistance to public water and wastewater systems to help maintain compliance with federal and state laws. Financial assistance is provided through grants and loans for community water and wastewater facilities and certain eligible non-point source projects to protect health and improve water quality. Both SRF Programs are built to maintain a permanent, self-sustaining revolving fund program that serves as a cost effective, convenient source of financing for drinking water and wastewater projects in Montana.
The bureau also house the Public Water and Wastewater Engineering Sections as well as the Subdivisions Review Section. DEQ staff from these sections review plans and specifications for new public water and wastewater systems and modifications to existing systems to ensure compliance with Design Standards.