The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund (the Fund) was established through Senate Bill 200 (SB200) in July 2019. The Fund will provide $130 million per year that will be used to develop and implement solutions for water systems that are not sustainable or have violations of drinking water standards. The Fund will help water systems provide an adequate and affordable supply of safe drinking water in both the near and long terms. Types of projects include, but are not limited to, consolidation with a larger system, provision of interim replacement water, planning assistance, reducing operations and maintenance costs, and funding for administrators. Projects generally must benefit a disadvantaged community or low-income households or communities.
The State Water Board is developing a Policy for Developing the Fund Expenditure Plan for the Fund. The Policy will establish and document the State Water Board’s direction on how the Fund Expenditure Plan will be developed. The Policy identifies and defines key terms and metrics; describes how proposed remedies will be identified, evaluated, prioritized, and included in the Plan; establishes a petition process for consideration of consolidation orders for disadvantaged communities; and includes a public hearing requirement.
The State Water Board will receive public comments on the Draft Policy for Developing the Fund Expenditure Plan for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, dated January 2020. Written comments must be received by 12:00 noon on Monday, February 3, 2020. Click here to read the notice for additional details regarding comments submission.
Staff intend to present the Draft Policy to the State Water Board for consideration of adoption on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Adoption of the Plan by the State Water Board is expected to occur in June 2020, but could occur as early as the March 3 meeting.
For more information, click here to visit the Office of Sustainable Water Solutions at the State Water Board.
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