Urgent Drinking Water Needs / Cleanup & Abatement Account Programs

On December 11, 2018, The State Water Board adopted the Cleanup and Abatement Account Funding Program Guidelines. The Cleanup and Abatement Account provides funding for projects that cleanup and abate the effects of waste on the waters of the State and for projects that address urgent drinking water needs.

Additional information regarding cleanup and abatement funding is located on our Cleanup and Abatement Account Projects webpage.

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has funding available to assist water systems that serve disadvantaged communities (DACs) to address urgent drinking water needs. Funding is available from the following sources:

  • Drought Funding
    Funding to assist water systems and individual households to address drought-related drinking water emergencies and threatened emergencies. Eligible project types include short-term solutions, such as bottled or hauled water, well repair/rehabilitation/replacement, and emergency interties and long-term solutions, such as new wells, consolidation, treatment systems, and more.
  • Cleanup and Abatement Account Urgent Drinking Water Needs
    Funding to address urgent drinking water needs due to drought, contamination, or other eligible emergencies. Eligible project types include bottled or hauled water and emergency improvements or repairs to existing water systems.
  • Domestic Water Wells and State Smalls Programs
    Funding to assist individuals or households served by a domestic well or state small water system with a water quality issue. This webpage outlines programs administered by various organizations by county. For individuals or households that are facing a drought-related issue, please visit Drinking Water Assistance for Households.
  • Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) Program
    SAFER is a set of tools, funding sources, and regulatory authorities designed to ensure that one million Californians who currently lack safe drinking water receive safe and affordable drinking water as quickly as possible. Funds may be spent on operations and maintenance, consolidation with a larger water system, provision of replacement water, and for administrators to run small water systems.