Anita Gore (916) 440-7259
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that it has committed over $8 million in funding to provide safe drinking water for the Kettleman City Community Services District.Because the Kettleman City drinking water supply exceeds both the Federal and State standard for arsenic, the CDPH Drinking Water Program has been working with Kings County and the Kettleman City Community Services District to find a drinking water solution. The community has decided to pursue a surface water option, with a surface water supply from the California Aqueduct and required surface water treatment.“CDPH takes the concerns and health of the residents of Kettleman City seriously and will continue working with the community to find the most effective solutions,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, state health officer and director of CDPH.Preliminary studies have been completed, with grant funding from the CDPH Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) and local funding. The next step will be pilot testing of different treatment methods to determine the most cost-effective alternative. This will be funded by over $700,000 in grants from CDPH.The construction grants announced today from SRF ($3 million) and Proposition 84 ($4.5 million) have conditions that must be met before CDPH will issue funding agreements for execution. The conditions include demonstrating sufficient water rates for operations and maintenance of the treatment facility, demonstrating a sufficient reserve fund, and approval by CDPH of final technical elements.These funds may be drawn down in stages as the project progresses; funding may not be disbursed for several months.
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