Mandatory Consolidation or Extension of Service for Disadvantaged Communities¹

Effective June 24, 2015, Senate Bill 88 (Statutes 2015, Chapter 27) added sections 116680-116684 to the California Health and Safety Code, allowing the State Water Board to require certain water systems that consistently fail to provide safe drinking water to consolidate with, or receive an extension of service from, another public water system. The consolidation can be physical or managerial. Although for many years the Drinking Water program has encouraged -- and will continue to encourage -- voluntary consolidations of public water systems, the new authority will allow it to mandate consolidation of water systems where appropriate. Please note that extension of service to domestic wells is authorized only when agreed to by the well owner. The changes to the Health and Safety Code give the Division of Drinking Water authority to mandate such consolidations or extension of service following a series of specific actions. The State Water Board’s Division of Drinking Water will issue letters to water systems to consolidate with, or seek an extension of service, from a public water system. The recipients of such letters have up to six months from the date the letter is issued to voluntarily consolidate with, or receive extension of service from, a public water system. As letters to public water systems are issued, they are made publicly available on this resource page. See the links to the letters below.

Frequently Asked Questions on Mandatory Consolidation or Extension of Service for Public Water Systems


Water Systems 6-Month Consolidation Letter Public Meeting Date² Public Hearing Date² Mandatory Consolidation Order Mandatory Consolidation Petition Resolved to Consolidate Voluntarily Completion Date
East Orosi CSD 07/13/2018 10/22/2018 04/10/2019        
Orosi Public Utility District
Desert Breeze Mobile Home Estates 04/06/2018 06/12/2018 09/05/2018        
Rosamond CSD
60th Street Assoc. Water System 12/15/2017 06/12/2018 09/05/2018        
First Mutual Water System
Lucky 18 on Rosamond, LLC
Rosamond Mobile Home Park
Rosamond School Water System
Rosamond CSD
MD#08 North Fork 11/16/2017          
North Fork Union School
Hillview Water Company 10/24/2017          
Yosemite High School
City of Ceres³ 08/23/2017 5/30/2018 10/01/2018      
Ceres West Mobile Home Park
South Kern Mutual Water Company 11/15/2016 07/10/2017 09/07/2017 09/27/2018 Petition
City of Bakersfield
Black Rascal Water Company 09/22/2016 12/08/2016   Note: Determined not to be DAC.  Mandatory consolidation ceased.    
City of Merced
Lakeside School 06/15/2016 02/16/2017 07/11/2017        
City of Bakersfield
Old River Mutual Water Company 06/15/2016 07/10/2017 09/07/2017 09/27/2018 Petition

City of Bakersfield
Madera County Maintenance District #19 Parkwood 06/15/2016          
City of Madera
Pratt Mutual Water Company 08/15/2015 03/03/2016 03/17/2016 03/29/2016     06/01/2016
City of Tulare
Soults Mutual Water Company4 08/18/2015 11/14/2017 11/28/2017      
City of Tulare

¹As defined in SB 88
²Meeting completed or scheduled
³Voluntary negotiation period extended due to City's 1,2,3-TCP violation.
4As an interim measure Soults MWC is purchasing water from the City of Tulare through a wholesale agreement.