The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced yesterday the award of nearly $37 million in grants for water resilience projects in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Funding for the projects is part of Proposition 1 and is administered by DWR’s Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Program, which is designed to encourage implementation of water management solutions on a regional scale to improve water quality and flood management, restore and enhance ecosystems, and provide more reliable surface and groundwater supplies.
“Every Californian has the right to clean and reliable water. Although communities statewide have made considerable strides to build resilience, those with limited resources and capacity remain vulnerable to water insecurity,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth. “Only by working together and advancing state and regional partnerships can we implement long-term sustainable solutions, particularly when it comes to providing safe and reliable drinking water to underserved communities. We are proud to support these projects as they demonstrate our continued effort in advancing the human right to water.”
Some of the award recipients and projects are:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, $2.25 million to construct an oxidation-filtration treatment facility.
- Calleguas Municipal Water District and Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD), $3.5 million for an interconnection project that consists of a new pipeline, pump station, and pressure reducing station to allow delivery of alternative potable water supplies from one district to the other during emergency and normal operating conditions.
More than $212 million in grants have been awarded since April 2020, funding approximately 250 projects throughout the state.
The Round 2 grant solicitation process is planned to start late next year and will offer more than $180 million in competitive grant funding.