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Water Recycling Funding Program (WRFP) - Funding Sources

Water Recycling Funding Program (WRFP)


Since the mid-1970s, California has made an effort to promote water use efficiency through the Federal Clean Water Act and passage of several bond measures. In 1987, the Amendments to the Federal Clean Water Act created the State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Program, which provides low-interest loans to public agencies for planning, design, and construction of wastewater treatment facilities and water recycling projects. In 1978, 1979, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, and 2002, California passed several bond laws and created a fund, which provided loans and grants for planning and construction of water recycling projects. See Appendix B of the Strategic Plan for additional information regarding funding sources.

The Water Recycling Funding Program (WRFP) provides funding for construction loans and grants, planning grants and research.  Applications are being accepted at this time for Proposition 13 planning grants and loans.

The SRF Loan Program, while primarily intended for funding water pollution control facilities, is also available to provide loans for water recycling facilities planned for water supply purposes. There is no specified allocation in the SRF for water recycling, and this program is used when other loan funds are unavailable. Currently, the SRF Loan Program is accepting water recycling loan applications; however, limited funds are available. Get more information about the SRF Loan Program.

TABLE 1. Summary of State Water Resources Control Board WRFP Funding and Expected Deliveries, 1978 - April 2014

Funding Source Construction loans Construction grants Planning grants Research grants Total loans and grants
1978 Bond Law - 11,194,122 - - 11,194,122
1984 Bond Law $49,691,905 - - - $49,691,905
1988 Bond Law $37,791,991 - - - $37,791,991
1996 Bond Law (Prop. 204) $1,811,821 - - - $1,811,821
1996 Bond Law (Prop. 13) $20,379,516 $37,312,273 $3,105,674 $1,993,542 $62,791,005
2000 Bond Law (Seawater Intrusion Control Loan Fund) $17,864,898 - - - $17,864,898
2000 Bond Law (Prop. 13) $20,602,068 $38,512,984 $3,353,483 $2,317,995 $64,786,530
2002 Bond Law (Prop. 50) - $62,676,816 - - $62,676,816
Clean Water State Revolving Fund $1,116,184,879 - - - $1,116,184,879
TOTAL $1,264,327,078 $149,696,195 $6,459,157 $4,311,537 $1,424,793,967

Questions or Comments?

Please contact:

Dan Newton
916 324-8404

Division of Financial Assistance
Water Recycling Funding Program
State Water Resources Control Board
P.O. Box 944212
Sacramento, CA 94244-2120

(Updated 5/2/14)