Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience

The Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience 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 & affordable drinking water as quickly as possible. The SAFER program also aims to reach sustainable operations for all of the state’s drinking water systems and is a critical element for achieving the goals of safe, accessible, and affordable water for all Californians.

The program was established from the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water (SADW) Fund through Senate Bill 200 (SB200) in 2019. The Fund will provide $130 million per year that will be used to develop and implement sustainable solutions for small systems with violations of drinking water standards. The money may be spent on operations and maintenance costs, cost of consolidating with larger system, provision of replacement water, and funding for administrators to run the small systems.

For more information on SAFER, visit the Safe and Affordable Fund for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) website.

  • NEW!  Final Policy for Developing the Fund Expenditure Plan for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund (Amended October 19, 2021 with Drinking Water Technical Assistance Provider Request for Qualifications Guidelines added December 2021)

  • Below is a brief summary of Request for Qualifications (RFQs)

    The State Water Board is soliciting Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) from interested parties to be considered for inclusion in the eligible TA Provider pool. This document defines the RFQ process and outlines requirements for the SOQ submittal to be considered for placement in the TA Provider pool, and thus eligible to receive funding from the State Water Board. Developing an expanded list of qualified TA providers may allow for additional types of services to be added to the existing TA Program portfolio and will allow services to be made more broadly available in all regions of the State.

    Moving forward, entities must be in the TA Provider pool to receive funding from the State Water Board to provide TA. Eligible entities already receiving funding for TA work prior to the implementation of this RFQ process will be required to submit a SOQ and be evaluated for placement on the TA Provider pool prior to requesting additional funding from the State Water Board (including requests to amend an existing agreement).

    Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) are now required to be considered as an eligible TA provider.

  • NEW! Final FY 2021-22 Fund Expenditure Plan for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund
  • Division of Financial Assistance Statewide and Regional SAFER Programs PDF | Excel

Visit the Following page: Application Process

  • NEW!  Final Policy for Developing the Fund Expenditure Plan for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund (Amended October 19, 2021 with Drinking Water Technical Assistance Provider Request for Qualifications Guidelines added December 2021)

  • Below is a brief summary of Request for Qualifications (RFQs)

    The State Water Board is soliciting Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) from interested parties to be considered for inclusion in the eligible TA Provider pool. This document defines the RFQ process and outlines requirements for the SOQ submittal to be considered for placement in the TA Provider pool, and thus eligible to receive funding from the State Water Board. Developing an expanded list of qualified TA providers may allow for additional types of services to be added to the existing TA Program portfolio and will allow services to be made more broadly available in all regions of the State.

    Moving forward, entities must be in the TA Provider pool to receive funding from the State Water Board to provide TA. Eligible entities already receiving funding for TA work prior to the implementation of this RFQ process will be required to submit a SOQ and be evaluated for placement on the TA Provider pool prior to requesting additional funding from the State Water Board (including requests to amend an existing agreement).

    Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) are now required to be considered as an eligible TA provider.

  • FY 2020-21 Fund Expenditure Plan for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund


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