Re "Water funds go unspent, even with tainted taps" (Editorials, April 24): The editorial raised an important issue on how best to improve the state's ability to get critical drinking water funds to communities in need. While there are legitimate questions about the California Department of Public Health's performance in disbursing drinking water funding, the Department's Drinking Water Program has a very good record overall and successfully regulates more than 7,500 local water systems.
Transferring the entire Drinking Water Program to the State Water Resources Control Board, such as proposed by AB 145, goes too far and could jeopardize other aspects of the program. The focus should be on improving the mechanism for getting funds out the door. One option that deserves consideration is to simply relocate the funds' administration to the State Water Board, which manages similar funds for wastewater projects, and leave the rest of the Drinking Water Program at the department.
-- Cindy Tuck, Sacramento, deputy executive director for government relations, Association of California Water Agencies