How to Apply
- For emergency assistance: Contact your county office of emergency services
- For short-term/emergency projects (see examples below): Complete the Urgent Drinking Water Needs Application and submit to DFA-CAA@waterboards.ca.gov (assistance is available upon request)
- For long-term/resiliency projects (see examples below): Complete the funding application online via the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST).
For small communities, select the Request for Proposal (RFP) titled "Small Community Funding Program, Pre-Application". All other drinking water systems can apply directly to the RFP titled “Drinking Water State Revolving Fund” (either planning or construction). For water recycling projects, use the "Water Recycling Funding Program" RFP.
Short-term solutions (mostly emergency repairs and drinking water delivery)
- Bottled water
- Hauled water (and tanks)
- Well repair, rehabilitation, and replacements
- Emergency interties
- Vending machines
- Necessary rented or borrowed equipment
- New wells
- Extension of service
- Regional consolidation
- Treatment systems
- Distribution system improvements
- New tanks
- Emergency generators
- Water recycling projects
Organizations and entities interested in funding drinking water programs for schools may apply directly through technical assistance providers. Find more information here.
Responsibility During Emergencies
All emergencies begin at the local level and the Local Government is best positioned to provide immediate emergency relief such as bottled and hauled water. Under the State’s Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), the Local Government should request assistance and resources from progressive levels of the state's emergency management organization as they exhaust their resources. The CalOES 2016 Administrative Order with the Water Boards outlines the requirement to follow the SEMS process during emergency and disaster operations. This allows the Regional and State organizational levels to respond and provide the required support.
Similarly, a Public Water System (PWS) must first go through their Local Government Office of Emergency Services to request emergency funding for immediate relief while simultaneously notifying the Water Board’s Division of Drinking Water of this request. This allows the request for funding assistance to follow the SEMS organizational levels for effective and timely management of the request while providing the Water Board with situational awareness to assist where necessary.