By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– With some rural property owners needing to drill new wells, funding is available to assist households to address drought-related drinking water emergencies, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Robert Lovingood announced.
“Some rural property owners are seeing the impact of the drought on their wells, so this is a great opportunity to secure their water supply,” Lovingood said.
Five-million dollars is available for both individual households and small water systems with less than 15 connections, under the Household & Small Water System Drought Assistance Program. Funding is available as low‐interest loans and or grants based on recipients’ income and affordability.
Up to $45,000 is available for individual households and up to $100,000 for small water systems. Eligible projects include new well construction, well rehabilitation and repair, distribution lines, permits and fees. Sponsored by the State Water Resources Control Board, the funds are administered by three non‐profit organizations. For more information click on www.CalRuralWater.org. To apply, contact Dustin Hardwick or Lily Slabosnitskiy of the California Rural Water Association at (916) 553-4900 or email Dhardwick@calruralwater.org or Lslabosnitskiy@calruralwater.org.