Drought Funding for Counties
As of August 2021, Governor Newsom has declared a state of drought emergency in 50 out of 58 California counties. The State recognizes that many of these counties are struggling to help their residents deal with the impacts of drought. While state agencies have resources for responding to drought-related water shortages and are tasked with long-term drought resilience planning, counties are best positioned to assist with emergencies at the local level and serve as first responders. The State Water Board and Department of Water Resources (DWR) are partnering with counties to develop regional programs that will help fill emergency drought response funding gaps, especially in counties that have a high risk of wells going dry and/or a large number of state small water systems and domestic wells.
We plan to collaborate on assessments (e.g., outreach and sampling), interim solutions (e.g., bottled water or hauled water and tanks), and long-term solutions (e.g., well repairs/replacements or consolidation) for state small water systems and domestic wells. Counties, or NGOs serving the county, that receive funding will be responsible for managing and implementing the program. The State will reimburse the counties or NGOs for costs incurred related to the implementation and management of these programs.
General Drought Questions
State Water Board:
Department of Water Resources (DWR):