Community Development

Wastewater/Drinking Water Program

The OCRA Wastewater/Drinking Water Program was established to provide aid to communities struggling with adequate water supply and failing wastewater treatment. The program finances and assists in improving the quality of water and wastewater in Indiana, along with providing water and sewer infrastructure for counties and communities for development in the long term. 

General types of activities that are eligible for WDW funding: 

  • Wastewater Improvements 
  • Drinking Water System Improvements

Find more information on eligibility here:

This program has the most funding available, but it is a competitive process with only two application rounds per year. We work directly with Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) on behalf of communities that want to upgrade their drinking water or wastewater system. We can help them apply for grant funding by coordinating, applying and administration. The process starts by meeting with their engineer, identifying the project, and getting a preliminary engineering report. We pull all the information for the application and submit it. If funding is achieved, we administer it on behalf of the community and ensure compliance. 


Cromwell Wastewater Project 

Region 3A assisted Cromwell with a wastewater project which included the renovation of the wastewater treatment plant, lift station rehabilitation/replacement, and new manhole and sewer linings. The project was funded by a $650,00 grant which we administered. Without the grant, utility bills would have increased an additional $23.18 a month to pay for the project cost. 


Region 3A has achieved $8,334,329.55 in grant funding for Wastewater and Drinking Water projects since 2000. 

Seeking assistance with a new initiative or project? We would love to hear about it.