Comment Letter: Draft Water and Wastewater Arrearage Payment Program Guidelines

  • Sep 10, 2021
  • Comment Letters

Agency: State Water Resources Control Board

Subject: : Comment Letter – Draft Water and Wastewater Arrearage Payment Program Guidelines

Letter excerpt:

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments regarding the State Water Resources Control Board’s (State Water Board’s) Draft California Water and Wastewater Arrearage Payment Program Guidelines (Draft Guidelines). ACWA represents over 450 public water agencies that collectively deliver approximately 90 percent of the water used for residential, commercial and agricultural purposes in California. ACWA advocated in Washington, D.C. for federal funding that would be available to assist California households and community water systems with COVID-19 related water debt. ACWA participated in the State Budget and legislative processes that led to the appropriation of $985 million for this important program and the statutory language for its implementation. ACWA greatly appreciates that the State Water Board has made this program a top priority and is moving expeditiously to implement it. In general, the Draft Guidelines are well-written and well-organized, which is helpful to implementation of an important program with tight deadlines.

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