Possible Revenue Sources for Recharge

Funding is necessary to supplement local resources for recharge projects in many places and to aid in the implementation of groundwater management goals. Besides bonds, options for water funding include increasing the state sales tax, levying a statewide surcharge on water utility bills, providing groundwater management agencies the authority to levy fees on pumpers or other water users, or a combination of these options.

Slide the bars below to see funding available according to each hypothetical option.

Tap Water Surcharge
$2.67 price per 1,000 gal. (typical amount in CA)
+ 6 cents
$2.73 per 1,000 gallons

$175 million
Sales Tax Surcharge
8.50¢ tax per dollar (Current CA sales tax)
+ 1.0 cents
8.62¢ per dollar

$575 million

Source: Estimates for water and sales tax surcharge revenues by Public Policy Institute of California

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