On July 24, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 200, the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, into law.
This groundbreaking legislation will provide approximately $130 million each year for ten years to support safe drinking water projects in vulnerable communities.
The fund will be supported by an allocation of 5 percent of the annual proceeds of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, a market-based compliance mechanism for the monitoring and regulation of sources of greenhouse gas emissions, part of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
Creation of a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund was tirelessly pursued by California State Senator Bill Monning, with support from champion Assemblymembers Eduardo Garcia and Richard Bloom, as well as a coalition of advocacy groups that includes two NDWA members: the Community Water Center and the Rural Community Assistance Corporation.
PHOTO ABOVE: Governor Newsom signed SB 200 at an event in the unincorporated community of Tombstone Territory in Fresno County. He is joined by Dolores Huerta and other activists and community advocates.