Failure to fund

California is failing to provide adequate funding for small rural drinking-water systems, flood protection projects, and stormwater and wastewater services, the PPIC concludes in its latest study, released tonight.

The state has a funding gap of $2 billion to $3 billion a year — or about $150 to $230 per household.

And yet, in San Joaquin County, thousands of residents are already stuck with water bills that exceed 2 percent of their income. There may be a large need for new investment, PPIC says, but there’s also a “growing affordability challenge” (an example of which The Record documented at one rural trailer park east of Stockton not long ago).

It’s  not all bad news. PPIC concludes the state’s actually doing “reasonably well” funding most water supply and wastewater systems.

Read the whole report here.

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