The Cybersecurity Implementation Grant Program uses budgeted funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) to support cybersecurity improvements to drinking water and wastewater systems. Specifically, grant money has been used to fund cybersecurity improvement projects to proactively mitigate the risk of cybersecurity attacks on drinking water and/or wastewater systems. Learn more by visiting the Water System Security webpage.
Program Information & Eligibility
- Drinking Water – Community Public Drinking Water systems serving a minimum of 500 people, excluding privately owned redistribution systems.
- Wastewater – Municipal wastewater systems regulated with a NPDES permit or Groundwater Discharge Permit.
Up to $50,000 of grant funding is available per drinking water or wastewater system to implement recommendations from a cybersecurity assessment. Maximum grant amount per applicant is $100,000 for a combined drinking water and wastewater system.
Free Cybersecurity Assessments
NHDES has only budgeted ARPA funds to this program for systems that have completed an approved cybersecurity assessment. Cybersecurity assessments must have been completed within two years of the grant application submittal date and must be submitted along with the application.
If you have not already completed a cybersecurity assessment, the EPA and CISA are offering the following FREE assessments for drinking water and wastewater systems:
DHS CISA is available to help drinking water and wastewater systems improve resiliency against cyber threats. CISA cybersecurity assessments are a free resource. If your system is interested in an assessment, please review the DHS CISA assessments and contact Rick Rossi at firstname.lastname@example.org. For any additional questions please contact:
EPA is offering free cybersecurity assessments and technical assistance to drinking water systems. For more information and registration, please visit the EPA Water Sector Cybersecurity Evaluation Program.
How to Apply
If you have any questions or need information on how to apply, please contact Brenda.J.Leonard@des.nh.gov.
Please read this additional guidance to assist in determining project eligibility.
- DHS CISA Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET)
- American Water Works Association (AWWA) Cybersecurity Tool and Guidance
- Public Water System Emergency Planning
- NHDES Water System Cybersecurity
- Community Water System Emergency Planning Cybersecurity Guidance Document (nh.gov)
- Cybersecurity in the Water Sector: Are You at Risk?