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Wastewater Systems

Through $985 million in federal funding allocated by the state legislature, the State Water Board is administering a new program to provide relief to community water systems, wastewater treatment providers, and wastewater billing entities for unpaid bills related to the pandemic. The funding covers water and wastewater debt from residential and commercial customers accrued between March 4, 2020 and June 15, 2021. Approximately $600 million are available for wastewater arrearages.


  Announcements and Public Information

Reporting Requirements Survey now open

    Approved applicants have 60 days from the date they receive funds to allocate bill credits to customers and 6 months from the date they receive funds to remit any unused funds back to the State Water Board and complete the reporting requirements survey.

Applications are now closed

State Water Board adopted the proposed amendments to the Guidelines on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

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  Events and Deadlines

  • Public Workshop on draft Guidelines – January 4, 2022
  • Public Comment Period ended January 5, 2022
  • State Water Board adopted amendments to the Guidelines – January 19, 2022
  • Applications Open – February 1, 2022
  • Application Period Ended – April 1, 2022
  • Late Applications were accepted through April 22, 2022.

Reporting Requirements Process for Wastewater Agencies

Please continuously check the webpage and your email for notifications about the process.

Step 1: Access the Reporting Requirements Survey through the online application portal

  • The reporting requirements survey closes 6 months from receipt of funding check.
  • For security purposes, only the contact email that originally submitted the Wastewater Arrearage Payment Program application is eligible to submit the reporting requirements survey.
    • If there is a new contact, please email wwarrearages@waterboards.ca.gov with the new contact name, title and email.
    • New users will need to register and make a new account using the survey link.
  • After logging into the Survey, click “Create New Survey” under the Application Dashboard.

Step 2: Submit the Reporting Requirements Survey

  • All survey submitters will need the following:
    • Application ID
    • Total ($) amount of bill credits issued separated by residential and customer accounts
    • Total number of residential and customer accounts that were issued bill credits.
    • Administrative cost details (non-labor vs. labor expenditures)
    • Contact information for authorized representative of the organization or its designee
  • See the Reporting Requirements Survey Preview for a full list of questions.

Please email wwarrearages@waterboards.ca.gov for any troubleshooting with the reporting requirements survey.

Documents Required for Reporting Requirements Survey

  Application Process for Wastewater Agencies

Please continuously check the webpage and your email for notifications about the process.

Step 1: Submit online application

  • The application period closed April 1, 2022.
  • All applicants will need the following:
    • Taxpayer ID Number and EIN number of the organization
    • Total ($) amount of arrearages separated by residential and customer accounts
    • Total number of residential and customer accounts in arrears
    • A list of eligible arrearages by account (use the Wastewater Arrearages Spreadsheet Template)
    • Contact information for authorized representative of the organization or its designee
  • In addition, if the applicant is a wastewater billing entity, you will need the names of the publicly-owned treatment works that provide sewer services
  • See the Application Preview for a full list of questions.

Step 2: Submit original signed forms by mail

  • Application/disbursement form
  • Conditions of payment form

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