CDPH Public Water System Drought Emergency Response Program

CDPH Notice of Funding Availability Public Water System Drought Emergency Response Program

INTRODUCTION:
On March 1, 2014, Governor Brown approved a $687.4 million emergency drought relief package to take effect immediately. As a result of the Governor’s action, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released approved guidelines to administer $15 million in funding from the Public Water System Drought Emergency Response (PWSDER) Program to provide funding for interim and/or permanent solutions for community water systems and public water systems owned by school districts, suffering drought related water outages or threatened emergencies. In an effort to make funds available as quickly and efficiently as possible to eligible recipients, CDPH is coordinating with its district offices, local primacy agencies, federal partners, state water agencies, the Office of Emergency Services, and other stakeholders (e.g., environmental justice groups, community assistance groups, etc.) to identify those communities that are most at-risk and require financial assistance.

HOW TO REQUEST:
On March 1, 2014, Governor Brown approved a $687.4 million emergency drought relief package to take effect immediately. As a result of the Governor’s action, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released approved guidelines to administer $15 million in funding from the Public Water System Drought Emergency Response (PWSDER) Program to provide funding for interim and/or permanent solutions for community water systems and public water systems owned by school districts, suffering drought related water outages or threatened emergencies. In an effort to make funds available as quickly and efficiently as possible to eligible recipients, CDPH is coordinating with its district offices, local primacy agencies, federal partners, state water agencies, the Office of Emergency Services, and other stakeholders (e.g., environmental justice groups, community assistance groups, etc.) to identify those communities that are most at-risk and require financial assistance.  The jurisdiction, location and contact information for CDPH’s District Offices can be found at the following link: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/Documents/DDWEM/OriginalDistrictMapCDPH.pdf

ELIGIBLE ENTITIES:

  •  Community Water Systems
  •  Public water systems owned by School Districts

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS (include, but not limited to):

  • Interties
  • Well modification
  • New Wells
  • Hauled Water/Interim Water
  • Source Alternatives
  • Planning & Construction

MAXIMUM FUNDING:
An eligible recipient may request emergency funding for only one (1) project per a single drought related drinking water emergency or threatened emergency. Emergency funding may not exceed $500,000 per project, including both grant and direct expenditures unless otherwise approved by CDPH in accordance with these guidelines. If CDPH approves a request for emergency funding, it may determine to provide the emergency funding as a grant to the eligible recipient, or CDPH may determine to expend the emergency funding on behalf of the eligible recipient, or some combination thereof.

A project that is funded by direct expenditure by CDPH may be via written or oral contract(s). Of the total amount of emergency funding provided to a Water System, an oral contract is limited to a maximum expenditure of $10,000.

PWSDER GUIDELINES:
http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/drinkingwater/Documents/Drought/PWSDE%20-%20Drought%20Emergency%20-%20Criteria(Guidelines)%203-28-14-final.pdf

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Brian Kinney
Senior Sanitary Engineer
brian.kinney@cdph.ca.gov
James Garrett
Sanitary Engineer
james.garrett@cdph.ca.gov

WATER SYSTEM DROUGHT AND CONSUMER CONFIDENCE WORKSHOP:
Location: Tulare County Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 2800 W. Burrel, Visalia, CA 93291
Time: 1:00pm to 5:15pm
When: May 28, 2014 (Wednesday)
Meeting Flier: workshop_flier.pdf
Meeting Agenda: workshop_agenda.pdf

 

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