The Safe Drinking Water and Water Quality Projects Program was created under Proposition 84, which provides $180 million to the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) under Section 75022 for grants for small community drinking water system infrastructure improvements and related actions to meet safe drinking water standards. Statutory authority requires that priority be given to projects that address chemical and nitrate contaminants, other health hazards and by whether the community is disadvantaged or severely disadvantaged. Eligible recipients include public agencies and incorporated mutual water companies that serve disadvantaged communities. Grants may be made for the purpose of financing feasibility studies and to meet the eligibility requirements for a construction grant. Construction grants are limited to $5 million per project and not more than 25 percent of the grant can be awarded in advance of actual expenditures. Up to $5 million of funds from this section can be made available for technical assistance to eligible communities. CDHS’ Drinking Water Program (DWP) will conduct workshops at three locations in the state during the month of March to present its proposed criteria to stakeholders and receive input from them for implementation of this section.