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Drinking Water For Schools Grant Program

Drinking Water for Schools

The Drinking Water For Schools Grant Program is a new grant program to provide $9.5 million in funding to improve access to, and the quality of, drinking water in public schools pursuant to Senate Bill 828.

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The State Water Board has issued draft Guidelines for review and comment by April 10, 2017. The State Water Board will also conduct a public workshop to discuss the proposed Guidelines:

March 20, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
Board Hearing Room
11020 Sun Center Drive, Suite 200
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

For those who cannot attend in person, the workshop will be a live webcast. Please join the live webcast here https://video.calepa.ca.gov/. Participants joining via the live webcast can submit their questions to DFA_Grants@waterboards.ca.gov.

The State Water Board will also hold a public Board Meeting to consider adoption of the draft Funding Guidelines. Details of the State Water Board Meeting are provided below:

May 16, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Joe Serna Jr. - CalEPA Headquarters Building
Coastal Hearing Room
1001 I Street, Second Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

For those who cannot attend in person, the meeting will also be a live webcast. Please access the live webcast here https://video.calepa.ca.gov/.

The State Water Board will accept written comments on the draft Funding Guidelines. Written comments must be received by 12:00 noon on Monday, April 10, 2017, and addressed to:

Hand/Courier Delivery
Jeanine Townsend, Clerk to the Board
State Water Resources Control Board
1001 I Street, 24th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

U.S. Mail Delivery
Jeanine Townsend, Clerk to the Board
State Water Resources Control Board
P.O. Box 100
Sacramento, CA 95812-0100

For further details on the Guidelines, Workshop, and adoption Meeting, please click on the link below:

Notice of Opportunity for Public Comments, Public Workshop and Adoption Meeting

Drinking Water For Schools Grant Program Draft Guidelines for Public Comment

Draft Funding Application


The State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water, in collaboration with the California Department of Education, has taken the initiative to begin testing drinking water in schools (K-12) for lead. Schools that are served by a municipality, water district, mutual water company, or other public water system may request assistance from their public water system to conduct water sampling for lead and to provide technical assistance if an elevated lead sample site is found. Information regarding the program is available on the website: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drinking_water/certlic/drinkingwater/leadsamplinginschools.shtml


Senate Bill 828, in part, added Section 116276 to the Health and Safety Code. It requires that the State Water Board establish a program to award grants to local educational agencies for the purpose of improving access to, and the quality of drinking water in public schools. The program gives priority to:

  • Projects for schools within, or serving pupils from, a small disadvantaged community, as defined in Section 13193.9 of the Water Code.
  • Projects that have a high effectiveness in increasing access to safe drinking water at schools.

Eligible projects shall include, but not be limited to, funding for the following:

  • Installation or replacement of water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains with or without treatment devices capable of removing contaminants present in the school's water supply;
  • Installation of point-of-entry (POE), or point-of-use (POU) treatment devices for water bottle filling stations, drinking fountains, and other fixtures that provide water for human consumption, including up to three years of: replacement filters, operation and maintenance (O&M), and monitoring of POE or POU devices;
  • Installation, replacement, or repairs of drinking water fixtures and plumbing appurtenances, but excluding major repairs or replacement of the plumbing system itself, that are necessary to address lead contamination identified by a school's public water system pursuant to the Lead Sampling of Drinking Water in California Schools program and that requires a corrective action; and
  • Provision of interim alternative water supplies, including purchases of temporary transfer water, hauled water, and bottled water if a permanent compliance solution is being implemented.

SB 828 also requires that the State Water Board provide technical assistance to applicants, including completing applications, overseeing installations, and assisting with operation and maintenance.



Eligible Applicants: Local educational agencies serving K-12, and pre-school and child day care facilities, located on public school property.
Eligible Project Types: See Overview
Funding Available: $9.5 million for grants; $500,000 for technical assistance
Fund Source: General Fund
Loans or Grants: Grants
Applications: July 2017 - Tentative

Proposed Timeline

Project Milestones Estimated Dates
Release of draft Guidelines for review March 10, 2017
Guidelines Adoption May 16, 2017
Selection of Technical Assistance Provider July 2017
Open Solicitation July 2017
Deadline for small DAC prioritization April 2018
Project Completion June 2021

How to Apply

Solicitation Notice & FAAST Application - coming soon

Small DAC Determination Guidance - coming soon

Agreement Template - coming soon

Other Funding Opportunities

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)

Cleanup and Abatement Account (CAA)

Technical Assistance

Coming soon



Patricia Leary, Program Manager
(916) 341-5167

Daron Pedroja, Environmental Scientist
(916) 319-9123

Ravi Jawanda, WRCE
(916) 341-5865

Division of Financial Assistance
Drinking Water For Schools Grant Program
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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