The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) proposes to have funding available to wastewater utilities to cover debt due to customer non-payment on sewer bills during the COVID pandemic. A public draft of the proposed Wastewater Arrearage Program Guidelines (Guidelines) has been released. If adopted, the Guidelines would establish the process and criteria the State Water Board will use when administering the Program. The State Water Board will consider adoption of the proposed Guidelines during next week’s Board meeting on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.  

Eligible entities that can apply for wastewater arrearages funding include wastewater treatment providers as well as wastewater billing entities (entities such as counties or cities that bill customers for sewer services provided by a wastewater treatment facility). Please contact RCRC Policy Advocate, Sidd Nag, by email or at (916) 447-4806 if you have questions or would like additional information.