Water Partnerships Toolbox
This website is dedicated to providing a collection of tools that can be used for resource sharing between drinking water systems. It contains templates, guidelines, contacts, training and other information that may be applicable to many types of water partnerships, such as local resource sharing, consolidation and regionalization. Many of the templates below can provide a starting point for various types of agreements. However, a thorough review of all possible contractual issues and independent legal review is always recommended.
Find Water Systems Near You
This website provides a map of the boundaries of public water systems. It is currently under development and does not include all public water systems, but is searchable by address or county.
All active and inactive public water systems in California are provided on this website as well as a contact phone number or address for the public water system. The listing can be filtered by county, but no map is provided.
If you are unable to find a public water system nearby, contact the District Engineer for additional support.
Collaboration Information and Templates
Mutual aid templates and guidance:
American Water Works Association: Utilities Helping Utilities
National Environmental Services Center, University of West Virginia: Mutual Aid Communities Work to Help Each Other
U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Writing Guide for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Joint Power Authority regulations and Information:
Joint Powers Agreement for public agencies (See Section 6500-6536 of the Government Code) and the Secretary of State's website. Section 6525 refers to mutual water companies combining with public water agencies.
Crafting Inter-local Water Agreements from University of North Carolina's Environmental Finance Center:
Board Training, Asset Inventory and Rate Setting Training
Board Trainings, Asset Inventory and Rate Setting Trainings can be found on the Rural Community Assistance Corporation:
Funding and Funding Incentives for Consolidation and Regionalization
The Division of Financial Assistance (DFA) manages the State Water Resources Control Board's financial assistance programs. These programs offer low interest loans and grant funding for qualifying planning and construction projects.
General Funding Information:
Division of Financial Assistance Organization Chart
General Funding Information
Funding Application Forms and Instructions
Guidelines for Consolidation Projects
Drinking Water Funding Intended Use Plan
2019 Interest Rate and Disadvantaged Median Household Income Levels
American Community Survey--US Census Information for Median Household Income Estimates
Technical Assistance (TA) General Information
Technical Assistance (TA) Request Form
Emergency Drinking Water Funding Information
Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST)
How To Videos for Submitting a Project Using FAAST
Funding Incentives for Consolidation and Regionalization:
- See page 35 for details of consolidation incentives
Other Funding Sources and Links to Funding Fair Dates:
Local Area Formation Information (LAFCO)
Listing of LAFCO Executive Officers: CALAFCO Executive Officer Directory
What is LAFCO and how does the process work? It's Time to Draw the Line: A Citizen's Guide to LAFCOs
Water Rights in Consolidation and Regionalization
What about water rights? If the public water system uses surface water as a water source (lake, river, etc.) the water system likely has surface water rights with specific areas of use, called the "Place of Use." To use these rights at other locations, a petition of change of use will be required by the Division of Water Rights.
Frequently Asked Questions: Water Rights Petitions: Water Rights Petitions FAQ
Petition for Change of Place of Use: Petition for Change of Use Form
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
What is CEQA and other Frequently Asked Questions? http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/more/faq.html
CEQA Statues: Leg Info-California Public Resources Code Section 21000 et seq.
Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act: Guidelines
CEQA Categorical Exemptions: Section 15300 through 15333
Water Partnership Relevant Sections:
- Existing Facilities Section 15301
- Replacement or Reconstruction 15302
CEQA Statutory Exemptions: Section 15260 through 15285
Water Partnership Relevant Sections:
- Feasibility and Planning Exemption Section 15262
- Pipeline Exemption Section 15284
USEPA’s Water Partnership Website
For assistance on water partnerships and consolidations, contact our coordinators: