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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

Applications will open February 1, 2022

  • Check back here for a link to the online application.

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 Ends – April 1, 2022

  Application Process for Wastewater Agencies

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

Step 1: Submit online application

  • Application period opens February 1, 2022 and closes 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
  • 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

Step 2: Submit original signed forms by mail

  • Application/disbursement form
  • Conditions of payment form

  Stay informed

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Subscribe directly to the Waste Water Arrearage Program (COVID Relief) Electronic Mailing List

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