Urgent Drinking Water / Cleanup & Abatement Account Programs

On December 11, 2018, The State Water Board adopted the Cleanup and Abatement Account Funding Program Guidelines. The Cleanup and Abatement Account provides funding for projects that cleanup and abate the effects of waste on the waters of the State and for projects that address urgent drinking water needs.

Additional information regarding cleanup and abatement funding is located on our Cleanup and Abatement Account Projects webpage.

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has funding available to assist water systems that serve disadvantaged communities (DACs) to address urgent drinking water needs. Funding is available from the following sources:

  • Division of Financial Assistance Drought Funding

    Funding to assist water systems and individual households to address drought-related drinking water emergencies and threatened emergencies. Eligible project types include bottled or hauled water, vending machines, well repair/rehabilitation/replacement, and emergency interties.

  • Cleanup and Abatement Account Urgent Drinking Water Needs

    Funding to address urgent drinking water needs due to drought, contamination, or other eligible emergencies. Eligible project types include bottled or hauled water and emergency improvements or repairs to existing water systems.

  • Domestic Water Wells Programs

    Funding to assist individual households and small water systems with failed or failing drinking water wells. Funding is available for drinking water well repairs and replacements for wells that are failing or have failed. Funding is also available for well testing and installation of Point of Use devices (POUs)/Point of Entry devices (POEs) for households served by wells with water quality issues.

  • Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) Program

    SAFER is a set of tools, funding sources, and regulatory authorities designed to ensure that one million Californians who currently lack safe drinking water receive safe and affordable drinking water as quickly as possible. Funds may be spent on operations and maintenance, consolidation with a larger water system, provision of replacement water, and for administrators to run small water systems.

  • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)

    The DWSRF program assists public water systems in financing the cost of drinking water infrastructures needed to achieve or maintain compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.

If you are interested in applying for funding, please visit the websites above for more information and application instructions.
The State Water Board also has funding available to assist individual households and small water systems to address urgent drinking water needs through the following regional and statewide programs:

  • Counties Served: Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, Kern, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura

If you are interested in applying for these programs, please contact the applicable organization above.

For general information and questions, please contact us by email: DFA-CAA@waterboards.ca.gov or phone: (916) 319-9066.