New law provides the Water Boards the authority to require existing collection systems and drinking water systems to serve surrounding disadvantaged communities. State representatives will talk about the development of the new utility consolidation programs for greater access to safe drinking water and protection of drinking water sources from failing septic systems. Sacramento Area Sewer District will talk about its septic conversion program as a case study for consolidating disadvantaged communities with septic systems to a larger sewer collection system.
Identify disadvantaged communities (DACs) and/or affected property owners with inadequate septic systems that are at risk and are eligible for grant funding and other technical assistance to consolidate with nearby municipalities and other wastewater systems.
Understand funding process and challenges specific to DACs and how to better coordinate with the State Water Board on funding pursuits and cooperative partnerships.
Have a case study of an established septic to sewer evaluation program to reference.