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Water Boards: Financial Assistance Programs - Grants and Loans

Financial Assistance Programs - Grants and Loans

OFFICE OF SUSTAINABLE WATER SOLUTIONS

The Office of Sustainable Water Solutions (Office) was established on March 27, 2015 as a result of the Governor signing Assembly Bill 92. The Office is part of the State Water Resources Control Board’s (State Water Board), Division of Financial Assistance (DFA).

The Office was created to promote permanent and sustainable drinking water and wastewater treatment solutions to ensure effective and efficient provision of safe, clean, affordable, and reliable drinking water and wastewater treatment services, focusing on addressing financial and technical assistance needs, particularly for small disadvantaged communities.

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Proposition 1 (Prop 1) Technical Assistance (TA) Funding

Proposition 1 (Prop 1) Technical Assistance (TA) funding is available to help small (less than 10,000 people) disadvantaged (median household income [MHI] < 80% statewide MHI) communities (small DACs) develop, fund, and implement Prop 1-eligible drinking water, wastewater, storm water, or groundwater capital improvement projects. TA may include project coordination and development, legal assistance, engineering and environmental analysis, and/or leak detection/water audits.

Assistance with more general drinking water and wastewater capacity development needs outside the context of capital project development (e.g., compliance audits, rate studies and board or operator training) may be available for public water systems or wastewater systems through other TA programs.

Request TA: The Office is utilizing a single form for all TA requests.

Complete this Request for TA Form and email it to DFA-TArequest@waterboards.ca.gov.

For questions regarding technical assistance, please contact Diana Conkle at: Diana.Conkle@waterboards.ca.gov or (916) 341-5660

Para información en español sobre el programa de asistencia técnica, por favor de contactar a Elvira Reyes: elvira.reyes@waterboards.ca.gov or (916) 327 -4838.

Funding

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program provides low-interest loans, additional subsidy (principal forgiveness), and technical assistance to public water systems for infrastructure improvements to correct system deficiencies and improve drinking water quality for the health, safety, and welfare of all Californians. Eligible planning/design and construction drinking water projects include: treatment systems, distribution systems, interconnections, consolidations, pipeline extensions, water sources, and water meters. The DWSRF Program is continually accepting applications and awards grants and loans as applications are complete.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program provides low-interest loans for a term of 30 years for water quality improvement projects. Eligible projects include planning/design and construction of publicly-owned facilities including wastewater treatment plants, sewer collectors and interceptors, combined sewers, septic to sewer conversions, storm water reduction and treatment, and water reclamation facilities. The CWSRF Program is continually accepting applications and awards grants and loans as applications are complete.

Proposition 1 (Assembly Bill 1471, Rendon) authorized $7.545 billion in general obligation bonds for water projects including surface and groundwater storage, ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration, and drinking water protection. The State Water Board will administer Proposition 1 funds for five programs (Small Community Wastewater, Drinking Water, Water Recycling, Stormwater, and Groundwater Sustainability).

On March 27, 2015, Governor Brown approved a $1 billion emergency drought relief package to take effect immediately. As a result of the Governor’s action, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) approved $19 million in funding from the Cleanup and Abatement Account to meet interim emergency drinking water needs for disadvantaged communities with a contaminated water supply or suffering from drought related water outages or threatened emergencies.

Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST)

Applications for the above funding programs are accepted electronically via FAAST. If electronic submittal will create a hardship, please contact one of the individuals listed above for technical assistance.

If you need assistance using FAAST, you can call or email the FAAST Help Desk, which is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, at 1-866-434-1083 or FAAST_ADMIN@waterboards.ca.gov.

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Questions or Comments?

Jule Rizzardo
Supervising Water Resource Control Engineer
Division of Financial Assistance
Office of Sustainable Water Solutions
(916) 341-5822