Drinking Water for Schools – Round 2


The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has issued Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) an agreement for the Drinking Water for Schools-Round 2 Implementation Grant. As part of this grant, funding is available for RCAC to help your District with Technical Assistance (TA) needed for successful project implementation.

A list of approved projects can be found here.

Local Education Agencies (LEA) interested in receiving assistance to complete the application or submitting the completed application, can contact agua4all@rcac.org.

View the DW4S program guidelines HERE.

Download the DW4S R2 flyer HERE for more information.

Eligible project types include water treatment devices for LEA’s where contamination is a current issue, replacement of water fixtures for schools with lead contaminations and, if applicable and approved, installation/replacement of drinking fountains in schools.

Technical Assistance Provider

RCAC will serve as a TA provider to support LEA’s project implementation with the following TA services:

  • Application Assistance
    • Submit formal request to SWRCB
    • Develop project scope of work and budget
  • Grant and Project Administration
    • Communicate with SWRCB and regulatory agencies
    • Invoicing and reporting (quarterly and final report)
    • Record keeping
  • Construction Management
    • Develop project schedule
    • Coordinate materials ordering
    • Assist in developing Request for Proposal (RFP) and with bidding process
    • Assist District to facilitate installations of filling stations/drinking fountains, if applicable
  • Monitoring and Performance
    • Develop treatment strategy
    • Develop Point of Use (POU) testing protocol
    • Conduct water quality testing
    • Develop Operations and Maintenance Plan and Monitoring Program
  • Education and Outreach, if applicable
    • Develop and implement an education and outreach plan for students and staff
    • Develop educational materials

To obtain TA services and apply for grant money, LEA’s will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between your school district and RCAC. Once the MOU is signed, your school will need to complete the application process with RCAC’s assistance.

DOWNLOAD water quality application here.

DOWNLOAD impaired access application here.

DOWNLOAD budget template here.

If your school or district is interested in receiving assistance to apply for the program or check for eligibility, please submit your request to agua4all@rcac.org.

Drinking Water for Schools Round 2 – Information Presentation

Video of presentation - click here