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FEMA Grants $5.8M to Ensure Potable Water for Residents after an Earthquake

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February 4, 2020
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Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted $5.8 million to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and Sonoma Water to reduce potential pipe failure and the loss of water service to 600,000 residents and businesses as a result of damage from an earthquake along Rodger’s Creek Fault.

The project will strengthen the Russian River-Cotati Intertie water system to withstand the effects of ground deformation, liquefaction, and lateral spread hazards by replacing sections of the pipeline that cross below Mark West Creek and the Russian River. Completion of the project will also keep potable water free from contamination, safeguard water for firefighting, and help prevent economic losses to local businesses if the pipeline were to rupture.

Access to reliable, contamination-free water is critical to supporting fast economic recovery, as it encourages survivors to stay in the area and rebuild after a catastrophic event.

The $10.2 million project will be funded by a $5.8 million Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant from FEMA, with non-federal sources covering the remaining $4.4 million.

FEMA’s PDM grant program helps states, territories, federally-recognized tribes, local communities, and certain private, non-profit organizations become more resilient to potential infrastructure damage and reduce future disaster costs. In the past 30 years, FEMA has invested more than $1.3 billion to reduce disaster risks in California.




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Last Updated: 
February 4, 2020 - 11:01