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What's New?
  • DWR has released the Final Awards for the Agricultural Water Use Efficiency 2015 Grants Program – Final Awards. (New)
  • DWR has released the Final Awards for the 2015 CalConserve Revolving Fund Loan Program – Final
  • The CalConserve Revolving Fund Loan Program Proposal Solicitation has been reopened and is available on a continuous basis. Approximately $6 million from Proposition 1 is available first come, first served until funds are exhausted. – CalConserve (New)
  • DWR and CDFA released the Agricultural Water Use Efficiency & State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program – DWR/CDFA Joint RFP pilot program. (New)
  • Additional financial assistance for Urban Water Use Efficiency will be disbursed to underserved communities via a targeted rebate program for turf removal and toilet replacement in accordance with Executive Order B-29-15 (see “Other Financial Assistance”).
DWR’s Water Use Efficiency Grants and Loans

The Water Use Efficiency Financial Assistance Program is instrumental in helping urban and agricultural communities cope with water shortages and drought conditions through the implementation of water use efficiency projects that would achieve water savings, provide improved operational efficiencies, as well as provide water quality improvements, energy savings and environmental benefits. By financially assisting local agencies in implementing their water use efficiency projects and programs, the Program helps reduce the need for additional water supplies, reduce diversions, save energy, and improve water supply reliability. The Water Use Efficiency Financial Assistance Program has been providing financial assistance in the form of grants and loans to implement promising water use efficiency projects throughout the State that are primarily not locally cost-effective.

This financial assistance program is for local agencies, joint powers authorities, public water/irrigation districts, federally recognized and state NAHC-listed Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, other political subdivisions of the state involved with water management. Investor-owned utilities regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission and mutual water companies are also eligible for implementation projects. Universities and colleges, state, and federal agencies may also be eligible for non-implementation projects.

Current Programs