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Technical Assistance Funding Program

The Office of Sustainable Water Solutions (OSWS) administers the Technical Assistance (TA) Funding Program. TA is available to help small1 disadvantaged2 communities (DACs) develop, fund, and implement eligible drinking water3, wastewater3, stormwater4, or groundwater5 needs. TA include but is not limited to coordination and development of capital improvement projects, facilitation of operation and maintenance, engineering and environmental analysis, legal assistance, leak detection/water audits, compliance audits, financial analysis, technical managerial and financial (TMF) assessments, and board or operator training.Notes:
1 Small community is defined as having a population less than 10,000 people.
2 Disadvantaged community is defined as median household income (MHI) < 80% of the statewide MHI.
3 Demand for drinking water/wastewater TA is extremely high. Not all eligible requests can be accommodated through the TA Funding Program. Requests relating to one or more of the following will generally be given priority:
  • Systems that are out of compliance or experiencing insufficient water delivery capabilities; Extension of service for drought/contamination impacted communities;
  • Consolidation projects;
  • Systems serving less than 200 connections; and
  • Applicants with small or relatively low cost needs that will enable an otherwise complete funding application to move forward.
4Stormwater TA resources are limited. We are not currently accepting new communities for stormwater TA. However, you may still submit a request if interested, and we will keep your request on file for future consideration as resources allow.
5Exceptions to provide TA that benefits larger DACs may be considered on a case‐by‐case basis

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Funding Sources

Proposition 1 or the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Assembly Bill 1471, Rendon) authorized $7.545 billion in general obligation bonds for water projects including surface and groundwater storage, ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration, and drinking water protection. Proposition 1 requires the State Water Board to operate a multidisciplinary TA program for small DACs and is one of the TA program funding sources. 

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.

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Approved TA Requests

The Division of Financial Assistance has approved the following TA requests as of June 2020:

Requests for TA are accepted on a continuous basis.  For all TA requests, complete this TARequest Form and email it to: DFA-TArequest@waterboards.ca.gov.

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Past Solicitation Process for Proposition 1

The State Water Board's Proposition 1 TA Funding Plan, adopted on November 4, 2015, outlines the general process to administer Proposition 1 TA funds.   The OSWS implemented a two-step (Concept Proposal and Full Proposal) continuous solicitation process via the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST), which closed on June 30, 2016. Eligible recipients include 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public universities. Selected TA providers help with a variety of TA needs. 

For general questions regarding Technical Assistance, please contact:  DFA-TARequest@waterboards.ca.gov.

Para información en español sobre el programa de asistencia técnica, por favor de contactar a Fabian Ramos: Fabian.Ramos@waterboards.ca.gov or (916) 449-5985.

Technical Assistance Seniors

Kim Dinh
Senior Water Resource Control Engineer
Office of Sustainable Water Solutions
Division of Financial Assistance
(916) 341-5729
Kim.Dinh@waterboards.ca.gov

James Garrett
Senior Water Resource Control Engineer
Office of Sustainable Water Solutions
Division of Financial Assistance
(916) 445-4218
James.Garrett@waterboards.ca.gov

Technical Assistance Project Managers

Artena Kubik
Engineering Geologist
Artena.Kubik@waterboards.ca.gov
Community Water Center

Ibyang Rivera
Sanitary Engineering Associate
Ibyang.Rivera@waterboards.ca.gov

David Chan
Water Resources Control Engineer David.Chan@waterboards.ca.gov
University Enterprises, Inc, CSU Sacramento; University of California, Davis; University Enterprises; CSU San Bernardino

Jason Headington
Water Resources Control Engineer
Jason.Headington@waterboards.ca.gov
University Enterprise, Inc – Sacramento; Council for Watershed Health

Emma Blankenship
Water Resources Control Engineer
Emma.Blankenship@waterboards.ca.gov
Rural Community Assistance Corporation; Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Marc Hutton
Water Resources Control Engineer
Marc.Hutton@waterboards.ca.gov
Self-Help Enterprises – Fresno, Kern, Kings, & Tulare Counties

Himali Rodrigo
Water Resources Control Engineer
Himali.Rodrigo@waterboards.ca.gov
Self-Help Enterprises – Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, Mariposa Counties; TA Emergency Fund

Zoe Wu
Water Resources Control Board
Zoe.Wu@waterboards.ca.gov
California Rural Water Association; Pueblo Unido Community Development Corporation