Drought Effects on Water Quality/SAFER Program Update
The Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) program is driven by collective responsibility: water systems, non-profit organizations, governments, a community advisory board, and other stakeholders work together to develop and implement solutions. SAFER uses a set of tools, funding sources, and regulatory authorities. SAFER prioritizes collaborative, voluntary solutions, and relies on regulatory solutions only when necessary. Informed by data and an annual needs assessment, Water Boards staff and SAFER partners proactively identify and reach out to water systems that are out of compliance to walk them through the SAFER application process and to collaborate on short- and long-term solutions, which are developed with input from the community.
Senior Sanitary Engineer
California State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water