Governor Signs SB 200, Approving Second Part of the Safe Drinking Water Funding Solution by Heather Engel Jul 24, 2019 Water News Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed SB 200 (Monning), which creates the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, providing the legal structure and process for funding safe drinking water solutions for disadvantaged communities in California that currently do not have that access. “ACWA is pleased that Governor Newsom has signed SB 200, enacting a durable funding solution for Californians who lack access to safe drinking water,” ACWA President Brent Hastey said. “We’re thankful to the governor, Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon for their leadership and to Senator Monning and other legislators who played key roles in solving this complex problem.” The passage of SB 200 follows the June 27 enactment of the 2019-’20 State Budget, which sets forth the first part of the funding solution. The State Budget provides $130 million for Fiscal Year 2019-’20 for safe drinking water solutions in disadvantaged communities that do not have access to safe drinking water. In the first year, $100 million of the funding will come from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) and $30 million from the General Fund. After the first year, SB 200 will provide that the funding will be 5% of the GGRF continuously appropriated – capped at $130 million per year. The agreement includes General Fund funding as a backstop if 5% of the GGRF is less than $130 million in any year. The funding will sunset in 2030. Moving forward, ACWA and other stakeholders will provide valuable input to the State Water Resources Control Board on how to effectively and efficiently use the funding to solve this problem. Examples include closing the funding gap for operation and maintenance costs for treatment and consolidating small, unsustainable systems with other systems to provide safe drinking water.