Image of the Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant in Santa Barbara, California, which helps improve water reliability and resiliency for the City during the drought years.

As California faces a hotter, drier future and ongoing extreme drought conditions, DWR is offering $6 million in financial assistance to support desalination projects that will help develop new sources of local water supplies in California.

Grant Funding Recipient Locations Phase 8.

As part of ongoing efforts to help small communities address water supply challenges amid extreme drought and build water resilience for the future, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced its eighth round of funding through the Small Community Drought Relief Program.

An aerial view of Dinosaur Point boat ramp at San Luis Reservoir. On this date, the reservoir storage is 931,706, 46 percent of total capacity. Photo taken May 25, 2022.

Today, DWR urges people to avoid physical contact with water at San Luis Reservoir in Merced County until further notice due to the presence of blue-green algae. People should also avoid eating fish or shellfish from the lake.