Education, Health and Nutrition
State or Federal?
Senate Bill 828 (Stats. 2016, ch. 29) (SB 828) added Section 116276 to the Health and Safety Code to
require the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to establish a grant program
(Drinking Water For Schools Grant Program, or Program) for the purpose of improving access to, and the
quality of, drinking water in public schools consistent with the intent that school facilities be maintained in
“good repair,” as defined in paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) of Section 17002 of the Education Code.

Eligible projects include but are not limited to:
• Installation or replacement of water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains with or
without treatment devices capable of removing contaminants present in the school’s water
• Installation of point-of-entry (POE), or point-of-use (POU) treatment devices for water bottle filling
stations, drinking fountains, and other fixtures that provide water for human consumption,
including up to three years of: replacement filters, operation and maintenance (O&M), and
monitoring of POE or POU devices;
• Installation, replacement, or repairs of drinking water fixtures and associated plumbing
appurtenances that are necessary to address lead contamination identified by a school’s public
water system pursuant to the Lead Sampling of Drinking Water in California Schools program and
that requires a corrective action; and
• Provision of interim alternative water supplies for applicants in the process of implementing a
permanent solution, including purchases of temporary transfer water, hauled water, and bottled
Costs directly related to planning, design, and construction that achieves an acceptable result are eligible
for reimbursement. Installed equipment may be purchased, rented, or leased.
Eligible Entities
K-12 School Districts, K-12 Schools, Local Public Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations
Eligibility Notes
Eligible entities are Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) serving kindergarten or any of grades 1-12,
inclusive, and preschools and child day care facilities, located on public school property. Additionally, all
projects must be located at schools within, or serving, a disadvantaged community (DAC). Individual schools may still be eligible if the District does not qualify for the program.

To be eligible for funding, applicants must provide documentation of impaired drinking water quality,
impaired access to drinking water, or a combination of both. Water quality impairments are documented
violations of drinking water standards with the potential to directly impact human health. The inability to
provide access to free, fresh drinking water during meal times in the food service areas, or having
drinking water facilities that are not in “good repair” are examples of impaired access.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Mar 01, 2019
Min Award
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
Match Required?
California Environmental Protection Agency, State Water Resources Control Board
Total Amount Available for All Grants
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