SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate Bill 1292 will increase the maximum amount of construction grants awarded for projects serving a severely disadvantaged community under the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund from $3 million to $5 million.
The current $3 million cap does not reflect the increased cost of living experienced in California since the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund was established.
“Many severely disadvantaged communities face serious health risks from exposure to inadequately treated water due to a lack of resources,” said Senator Hueso. “However, California State policy declares that every human being has the right to clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption. SB 1292 will reassure just that.”
The Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund places an emphasis on small and disadvantaged communities and on programs that emphasize prevention as a tool for ensuring drinking water. Even with these efforts, severely disadvantaged communities, whose median household income is less than 60 percent of the statewide average, are still having trouble achieving safe drinking water due to lack of resources.
Increasing the existing construction grant cap under the SDWSRF will prevent an increase to the already higher water rates these communities pay and assure that they meet the safe drinking water standards established by the California Safe Drinking Water Act.