DWSRF grant (million $)
% of national funds
chapter 14 - Drinking Water treatment and Distribution
Table 14-8 California Drinking Water State Revolving Fund: Capitalization Grants from the USEPA
Note: Data based on results of various USEPA Drinking Water Needs Survey (USEPA, 2009)
increasing difficulty of protecting source water quality as the population of the state increases resulting in increased discharge of wastewater and urban runoff into surface water supplies. Another major issue is that some drinking water contaminants (organic carbon, nutrients, pathogens such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium) are not currently regulated by the Regional Boards in Basin Plans. Thus, there are generally not requirements for dischargers to control these contaminants.
Inadequate Financial Assistance to Address Water Treatment and Infrastructure Issues
Three major funding programs for California public water systems include DWSRF, Proposition 50, and Proposition 84. Combined, these programs have provided $970 million to 200 public water systems to solve health risk problems and Safe Drinking Water Act violations, resulting in an overall reduction in risk for consumers. However, this funding has not been adequate to address all of the needs identified in California. The combined project priority list for these three funding programs includes more than 4,000 projects, many of which have been on the list since its inception in 1997. The estimated value of unfunded need on the combined project priority list exceeds $8.2 billion.
Likewise, California has seen a reduction in the federal annual capitalization grants that fund the DWSRF program (see Table 14-8). This reduction resulted from inadequate estimate of infrastructure needs in California under the 2003 Needs Survey. CDPH is working on the 2007 Needs Survey to accurately identify infrastructure funding requirements for California drinking water systems. Funding from Proposition 50, which also has a portion targeted to disadvantaged communities, will likely be fully committed by 2009.
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