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Webinar | SAFER: Needs Assessment Results

March 25, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


PURPOSE: This webinar will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to learn about the
State Water Board’s Needs Assessment results. The State Water Board will provide an
overview of the results of the Risk Assessment (public water systems, state small water
systems, and domestic wells), Cost Assessment, and Affordability Assessment.

Items on this Agenda are numbered for identification purposes only.
1. Overview of the Needs Assessment
2. Risk Assessment Results
a. Public Water Systems
b. State Small Water Systems and Domestic Wells
3. Cost Assessment Results
4. Affordability Assessment Results
5. Public Feedback

Needs Assessment Results
The focus of this webinar is to provide an overview of the Needs Assessment results.
The State Water Board has been hosting public webinar workshops to provide
opportunities for stakeholders to learn about and contribute to the development of the
Needs Assessment methodologies. The Risk Assessment for public water systems
identifies systems (starting with 3,300 or less service connections) and K-12 schools
that are at-risk of failing to provide adequate safe drinking water. The Risk Assessment
for state small water systems and domestic wells identifies areas where systems and
households may be accessing groundwater that does not meet primary drinking water
standards (maximum contaminant level or MCL). The Cost Assessment results will
estimate the costs related to the implementation of interim and longer-term solutions for systems on the Human Right to Water list and At-Risk systems. The Cost Assessment
also includes the identification of available funding sources and the funding gaps that
may exist to support these solutions. The Affordability Assessment will identify
community water systems that serve disadvantaged communities that must charge their
customers’ fees that exceed the affordability threshold established by the State Water
Board in order to provide adequate safe drinking water.

The results of the Needs Assessment will be utilized to inform the Fund Expenditure
Plan for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.

Related documents and information are available on the State Water Board
Needs Assessment website:

Due to ongoing circumstances related to the COVID-19 emergency, all public
participation will be remote via an online hosted platform. The presentation slides
will be sent out ahead of time and shared via webcast. Questions, comments, and
discussion items will be collected via the webinar.

Please register for the webinar to receive the participation link for discussion.
Additional information about how to access the webinar will be provided via email.



March 25, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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