Feb 28, 2018

EPA Funds California Drinking Water Projects

The funds will go towards clean water and drinking water projects

EPA funds California water quality projects

The U.S. EPA has awarded $172.3 million to the state of California for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements, and a $1.2 million grant to the city of Vallejo for sewer upgrades.

EPA awarded the State Water Resources Control Board a total of $172.3 million to capitalize its clean water and drinking water State Revolving Fund programs. These federal funds are supplemented with state funding sources and support California’s water infrastructure needs. Recipients receive low-interest loans for clean water and drinking water projects. As money is repaid to the revolving loan fund, California funds new projects.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund received $94.8 million to support a variety of water infrastructure improvement projects, including the following:

  • Monterey One Water will use an $88 million loan to install a new water treatment facility in Monterey County. The facility will treat and reclaim municipal wastewater, urban runoff, agricultural return flows and food processing wastewater. The purified water will replenish the Seaside Groundwater Basin and provide water to 105,000 people, while reducing the amount of water diverted from the Carmel River.

  • The City of Santa Monica will use a $52.9 million loan, and $4 million in loan forgiveness, to collect and treat municipal wastewater, storm water and impaired groundwater.

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund received $77.5 million for drinking water infrastructure improvements to improve public water systems, including the following:

  • The City of Sacramento will use a $173.1 million loan to install 36,000 meters on residential and commercial water service connections. Water mains will also be replaced, as needed, as part of the city’s efforts to upgrade 80 miles of water distribution and transmission mains.

  • Loma Rica Water Company in Marysville will use a $126,734 loan to replace an existing redwood water tank with a new 36,500 gallon bolted steel tank, ensuring that the 200 people served by the system continue to receive clean drinking water.