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$28 Million Awarded to Small Community Water Systems in 8 Counties

September 23, 2021

The State has announced its second and third round of funding commitments for $28 million in drought funding through the Small Community Drought Relief program. This comes after the Department of Water Resources allocated its first round of funding last month.

The awards are split among 15 communities in eight different counties: Fresno, Glenn, Lake, Madera, Mendocino, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and Yuba. The Small Community Drought Relief Program is designed to provide technical and financial assistance to qualifying communities affected by drought. In addition, they establish county-wide hauled and bottle water programs in Mendocino and Glenn Counties to provide immediate potable water supply to residents who have run out of water due to drought.

DWR has announced that it expects to launch the Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant Program later this fall. The program will include an additional $200 million in grant funding for urban water suppliers and multi-benefit drought relief projects to address hardships caused by drought.

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