The Safe Drinking Water & Water Quality Grants Projects Program was created under Proposition 84, which provides $10 million to the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) under Section 75021(a) for grants and direct expenditures to fund emergency and urgent actions to ensure that safe drinking water supplies are available to all Californians. Eligible project criteria includes, but is not limited to, the following:
CDHS developed grant criteria in the 1980s for its Emergency Clean Water Grant Fund, which was created under Chapter 1428, Statutes of 1985 and amended under Chapter 885, Statutes of 1987. These criteria were established to provide a process to award and approve grants for emergencies. CDHS will continue to use these criteria in funding Proposition 84 projects. These funds will be used on an “as needed” basis since emergencies cannot be predicted in advance.