Dr. Mark Horton, director, of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), announced today that several elementary schools, water districts, community services districts, cities, apartment complexes and a community college are among the 73 “shovel-ready” water system projects that have been granted nearly $150 million for infrastructure improvements with funds from the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
"These grants will deliver critical resources to communities throughout the state that have great need for improved drinking water infrastructure," Horton said. "The water systems slated to receive funds were selected on health-based criteria, as well as being ready to begin construction.”
The funds are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal stimulus law enacted by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. Water systems applied for the federal funds through a process that began in February of this year. The grantees were selected by CDPH officials using criteria prescribed in the stimulus bill and accompanying California legislation needed to speed the selection process. Criteria included being on the state project priority list, readiness to proceed, and “green” components.
Horton noted that more than half of the funds will be allocated to disadvantaged communities and about one-third of the funds are earmarked for green projects.
“This is one of the ways we are moving funds out the door to create jobs and stimulate the economy in California,” Horton said.
Commitments will be made by CDPH for half the funds this month and the remaining half before the end of September. To receive funding, all projects must break ground before February of next year. For details about projects and information about how the projects were selected, see Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The list of projects, alphabetized by county, is available at American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Fundable Projects List Summary by County.