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 $600 million are available for wastewater arrearages.
Announcements and Public Information
Applications will open February 1, 2022
- Check back here for a link to the online application.
State Water Board adopted the proposed amendments to the Guidelines on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.
Events and Deadlines
Application Process for Wastewater Agencies
Please continuously check the webpage and your email for notifications about the process.
Step 1: Submit online application
- Application period opens February 1, 2022 and closes April 1, 2022.
- All applicants will need the following:
- Taxpayer ID Number and EIN number of the organization
- Total ($) 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
Frequently Asked Questions and Other Resources
- Frequently Asked Questions for Wastewater Treatment Providers and Wastewater Billing Entities
- Wastewater Arrearage Program Fact Sheet for Customers
- Wastewater Arrearage Program Fact Sheet for Wastewater Treatment Providers and Billing Entities
- IRS - Taxability and Reporting of Payments under ARPA
- Passed Legislation Establishing the Program