State Water Board Announces Funding Availability for Interim Emergency Drinking Water

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 State Water Resources Control Board recently approved $4 million in funding to provide interim replacement drinking water for economically disadvantaged communities with contaminated water supplies (see attached Media Release).  The funding became available through flexibility allowed in recently-signed drought legislation to ensure communities in need can apply for, and receive interim replacement drinking water. The funding comes from the State Water Board’s Cleanup and Abatement Account.

Eligible applicants include public agencies, not-for-profit water districts, not-for-profit organizations, and tribal governments.  Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, bottled water, vending machines, point of use devices, hauled water, wellhead treatment, and planning.  The funding must be encumbered by June 30, 2015.

For further funding information, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, please visit