The Safe Drinking Water and Water Quality Projects Program was created under Proposition 84, which provides $50 million to the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) under Section 75023 for the purpose of providing the state share needed to access federal capitalization grants to assist communities in providing safe drinking water under the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SDWSRF) Program. The $50 million is for deposit into the SDWSRF (Section 116760.30 of the Health & Safety Code).
Criteria can be found in Public Law 104-182, the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Amendments of 1996, which authorizes a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to assist public water systems (PWS) to finance the costs of infrastructure improvements needed to achieve or maintain compliance with SDWA requirements. Federal rules and regulations establishing final program guidelines were promulgated in the Federal Register, Volume 65, Number 152, on August 7, 2000. In 1997, AB 1307(Chapter 374, Statutes of 1997) made changes to conform the California Safe Drinking Water Act [Health & Safety Code Section 116270 et seq] to the1996 federal Act, and established the authority for CDHS to implement an ongoing (revolving) SDWSRF funding program for PWS infrastructure projects, and to receive and manage an annual federal grant award (capitalization grant). This funding allows California to provide both financial and technical assistance to PWS in an effort to assure the public receives safe, wholesome and potable water for domestic use.
Since 2000, this program has provided low interest loans and grants to PWS in California for improvements to drinking water treatment, distribution, and treated water storage facilities (infrastructure). Project funding is prioritized according to health-based problems. Please see the CDHS’ website for a further description of the program.