Drinking Water Cost Assessment & Gap Analysis

Published: April 2021

Authors: California State Water Resources Control Board, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, Corona Environmental Consulting, Sacramento State University Office of Water Programs, Pacific Institute, and the UNC Environmental Finance Center

Pages: 130



In 2012, California’s Human Right to Water was passed, calling for safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water for all citizens. Then in 2016, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted a Human Right to Water Resolution, making the Human Right to Water a primary consideration and priority across its programs. Out of this was developed the Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience Program (SAFER), a set of tools, funding sources, and regulatory authorities designed to ensure the provision of affordable drinking water to all Californians.

This assessment examines the overall need of the systems analyzed by California’s SAFER Program. The estimated costs and resulting gap analysis will be utilized to inform the broader demands of the SAFER Program as well as the annual funding needs for the state’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.

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