State Water Board Releases Draft Report on Statewide Low-Income Water Rate Assistance Program by Matt Veeh Feb 15, 2019 Water News Last month, the State Water Resources Control Board released its draft report “Options for Implementation of a Statewide Water Rate Assistance Program” for a 30-day public review period. The enactment of AB 401 (Dodd, 2015) set forth the Low-Income Water Rate Assistance Act, which required the State Water Board to develop a plan for a Low-Income Water Rate Assistance Program and report to the Legislature with its findings regarding the program. With input from the ACWA AB 401 Implementation Working Group, ACWA provided three comment letters to the State Water Board staff prior to the release of the draft report. On Feb. 1, ACWA submitted a comment letter regarding the Draft Report. It’s comments focused on the following areas: Program Basis Revenue Source Benefit Distribution Program Tier Structure Local Rate Structure Public comments on the Draft Report will inform the State Water Board’s report to the Legislature. ACWA will keep its members apprised of developments in this area. Subsequent legislation will be needed to implement a statewide program. More information on the State Water Board’s draft report and water rate assistance program can be found on the State Water Board’s website.