Mandatory Consolidation or Extension of Service for Disadvantaged Communities

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, as defined in SB 88, 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. All letters to public water systems, consolidation orders, petitions, responses, and administrative indices are available to the public upon request.

Requests for public documents can be emailed to the Northern Engagement Unit or the Southern Engagement unit, see Engagement Unit Map for local contacts.

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

Consolidation Projects

Water Systems 6-Month Consolidation Letter Public Meeting Date Public Hearing Date Interim Solution Mandatory Consolidation Order Mandatory Consolidation Petition Resolved to Consolidate Voluntarily Completion Date
Ceres West Mobile Home Park with City of Ceres 08/23/2017 05/30/2018 10/01/2018 Bottled Water - - Yes 08/21/2020
Pratt Mutual Water Company with City of Tulare 08/15/2015 03/03/2016 03/17/2016   03/29/2018 - - 06/01/2016

Project updates can be found using this SAFER Violations Tool

Water Systems 6-Month Consolidation Letter Public Meeting Date Public Hearing Date Interim Solution Mandatory Consolidation Order Mandatory Consolidation Petition
Six Acres Water Company
with City of Cloverdale
11/02/2020          
West Water Company
with Sonoma County CSA 41-Fitch
02/10/2020 10/15/2020 Notice
Slides
10/15/2020 Recording
TBD N/A    
East Orosi CSD
with Orosi Public Utility District
07/13/2018 10/22/2018 04/10/2019 Bottled Water 10/27/2020  
Desert Breeze Mobile Home
with Rosamond CSD
04/06/2018 06/12/2018 09/05/2018      
Lucky 18 on Rosamond, LLC
with Rosamond CSD
12/15/2017 06/12/2018 09/05/2018      
South Kern Mutual Water Company
with City of Bakersfield
11/15/2016 07/10/2017 09/07/2017 None 09/27/2018 10/29/2018
Old River Mutual Water Company
with City of Bakersfield
06/15/2016 07/10/2017 09/07/2017 None 09/27/2018 10/29/2018

Project updates can be found using this SAFER Violations Tool

Water Systems 6-Month Consolidation Letter Public Meeting Date Public Hearing Date Interim Solution
60th Street Assoc. Water System
with Rosamond CSD
12/15/2017 06/12/2018 09/05/2018  
First Mutual Water System
with Rosamond CSD
12/15/2017 06/12/2018 09/05/2018  
Rosamond Mobile Home Park
with Rosamond CSD
12/15/2017 06/12/2018 09/05/2018  
Rosamond School Water System
with Rosamond CSD
12/15/2017 06/12/2018 09/05/2018  
North Fork Union School
with MD#08 North Fork
11/16/2017 - - Pending
Yosemite High School
with Hillview Water Company
10/24/2017 - - N/A
Madera County Maintenance
District #19 Parkwood
with City of Madera
06/15/2016 - - Emergency connection to City of Madera
Soults Mutual Water Company
with City of Tulare
08/18/2015 11/14/2017 11/28/2017 Wholesale water purchasing
Water Systems Notes
Black Rascal Water Company
with City of Merced
Not DAC, consolidation ceased.
Lakeside School
with City of Bakersfield
Not DAC, consolidation ceased. System is approved for RCAC Bottle Water for Schools Program.