The Southern California Clean Water Fund is a new $5 million investment made available by Cadiz, Inc. to provide funds for any eligible small water system in Southern California to develop and implement water treatment systems that provide clean, safe and affordable water for disadvantaged communities.

Eligible Small Water Systems must be located in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, San Diego, Los Angeles, Imperial, or Ventura Counties and service disadvantaged communities, defined as communities whose median household income (MHI) are less than 80 percent of the statewide MHI, or severely disadvantaged communities, defined as communities whose MHI is less than 60 percent of the statewide MHI, can apply for funding.

The Fenner Valley Water Authority (FVWA) will administer the fund, which could be accessed by Eligible Small Water Systems together with state and federal grants and loans to be used to develop and implement water treatment systems that provide clean, safe and affordable water for disadvantaged communities. FVWA will conduct outreach to identify eligible retail water systems partnering with San Bernardino County, the Mojave Water Agency, the Inland Empire Utilities Agency and the City of Twentynine Palms, among others.

Cadiz Inc. is pursuing the development of a new water supply in San Bernardino County that will deliver safe and affordable water to 400,000 Southern Californians. In the pursuit of this water project, Cadiz recognized the limited availability of affordable options to treat water supplies in small water systems, like its own. The State of California has imposed innovative requirements making the state a leader in clean water standards, but only limited funds are available to ensure the vision of clean water for all can be implemented. Cadiz, as a private company, had resources to invest into research and development and was able to cost-effectively treat its groundwater to improve the quality of supplies in the So Cal system with which it will be blended with. Not all water providers have that option including those in disadvantaged communities, particularly services by small water systems.