Iowa Communities to Reap Savings through State Revolving Fund

Written by Theresa Rose on April 7, 2015

18 Iowa Communities to save a total of $526,000 through State Revolving Fund Interest Rate Reduction

Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources recently announced that 18 Iowa communities with current State Revolving Fund loans for water quality projects will be saving a total of more than $526,000 in interest over the life of the loans as a result of the their interest rate being reduced from 3% to 1.75%.

The State Revolving Fund is one of Iowa’s primary sources for financing projects designed to improve Iowa’s water quality. Two funds, one for drinking water and one for wastewater and pollution control, have provided low-cost financing worth more than $2.4 billion to more than 500 Iowa communities as well as to farmers, watershed groups and others for water quality projects. The program is jointly administered by the Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

“Due to the success of the program and excellent financial management, we are able to reduce the interest rate for loans that are more than ten years old,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison. “The State Revolving Fund has assisted more than 500 Iowa communities in moving important water quality projects forward, while saving them millions in interest, and we look forward to providing these benefits to many more communities.”

“The State Revolving Fund is a successful partnership between state and local governments,” said Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp. “I encourage all communities in need of water quality improvements to utilize the State Revolving Fund to reap these unique benefits.”

“Elkader is saving nearly $80,000 in interest, which is a significant benefit to our citizens. I commend the State Revolving Fund for offering these savings to Iowa communities,” said Elkader Mayor Robert Garms.

Besides offering the low interest rates to finance water infrastructure projects, the State Revolving Fund offers other benefits to Iowa communities. These benefits include lower up-front costs and no reserve requirement. For more information on the State Revolving Loan program, visit

The Iowa Legislature created the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) in 1975. IFA administers the State Revolving Fund (SRF) in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The SRF assists communities with the costs of upgrading or constructing public wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects.

Communities with recent interest rate reductions:




City of Charlotte


Laurie Ganzer: 563-677-2710

City of Delta


Alice Robertson: 641-624-2061

City of Elkader


Jennifer Cowsert: 563-245-2098

City of Emmetsburg


John Bird: 712-852-4030

City of Farmington


Becky Fry: 319-878-3711

City of Graettinger


Sandra Henderson: 712-859-3742

City of Irwin


Janis Holloway: 712-782-3337

City of Jewell


Karen Culpepper: 515-827-5425

City of Johnston


Jim Sanders: 515-278-2344

City of Lake Park


Marie Matthiesen: 712-832-3527

City of Leon


Greg Crocker: 641-446-6221

City of Lockridge


Joyce LeDuc: 319-696-3311

City of Maynard


Lois Erickson: 563-637-2269

City of Melbourne


Mary Pothast: 641-482-3338

City of New London


Kasi Howard: 319-367-7702

City of Radcliffe


April Eller: 515-899-2118

City of Scranton


Melinda Hinners: 712-652-3888

City of Van Horne


Linda Klopping: 319-228-8238