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CalConserve Water Use Efficiency Revolving Fund Loan Program - Proposition 1


2015 Awards for the CalConserve Revolving Fund Loan Program (AWARD)

Application Package has re-opened

The CalConserve Revolving Fund Loan Program solicitation is available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. The 2016 Guidelines and PSP will be used for this continuous solicitation and projects will be reviewed and scored based on the scoring criteria in the guidelines. Approximately $6 million from Proposition 1 is available first come, first served until funds are exhausted.

  • $1.75 million is to be loaned out for water use efficiency upgrades
  • $5 million is to be loaned out for fixing expensive and difficult to repair customer leaks

Solicitations and Guidelines

Assembly Bill (AB) 2636 established CalConserve Water Use Efficiency Revolving Fund in 2014. The CalConserve Water Use Efficiency Revolving Fund is intended to be a sustainable funding source for water use efficiency projects. One of the purposes of this fund is to provide measurable reductions in urban per capita potable water use.

Subsequently, AB 92 (Statutes of 2015) authorized the transfer to the CalConserve Water Use Efficiency Revolving Fund the sum of $10 million from Proposition 1 (Water Code Section 79746) to establish a loan program to local agencies for specific types of water conservation and water use efficiency projects and programs to achieve urban water use targets.

Projects Types
  • Pilot project for local agencies to provide water efficiency upgrades to eligible residents at no upfront costs.
  • Local agencies to provide low-interest loans to customers to finance the installation of onsite improvements to repair or replace, as necessary, cracked or leaking water pipes to conserve water.
Eligible Applicants

Local Agencies: any city, county, city and county, municipal utility district, community services district, sanitary district, sanitation district, water district as defined in Section 20200, public water system as defined in Section 116275 of the Health and Safety Code, or private water company under the jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission.

Available Funding

Approximately $6 million.

Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package

Final guidelines and proposal solicitation (6/16/2016) [DOC] [PDF]

Application Template [DOC]

Public Comments & Workshops

Information about past workshops is available here. (Archive)

Proposals will be accepted through the GRanTS Application system located at
Hardcopies should be mailed to:

U.S. Mail:
California Department of Water Resources
Division of Statewide Integrated Water Management
Water Use and Efficiency Branch
PO Box 942836
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001
Attn: Fethi BenJemaa

Additional Guidelines and References
  Phone Number Email
Program Manager Fethi BenJemaa 916-651-7025
Project Manager Kristyne Van Skike 916-651-0728
Project Manager Olivia Willis 916-651-9663