Congressman Ami Bera

Representing the 7th District of California
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Drought Relief Resources

Rep. Bera toured Folsom lake to assess the drought’s impact on Sacramento County.

California’s historic drought is impacting many Sacramento County families, small businesses, and farmers. We've gathered drought relief resources to connect people in our region with help to get through this difficult time.

Please note that some of these assistance programs have deadlines to apply and it’s important for you to review all of the information carefully. My staff is ready to help you navigate these resources and we’d be happy to help you in any way that we can.

We're here to make government work for you, so if your farm, business, or residence needs any further help, please call us at (916) 635 0505. 

I’m also fighting for solutions to our drought emergency that put people ahead of politics. We can’t pit Republicans against Democrats or Northern Californians against southern-delta interests. That’s why I support increasing our water storage and I’ve voted to fund upgrades at the Folsom Dam, to increase our local water storage capacity and to create jobs. I’m also supporting legislation to boost water conservation and recycling and fighting plans to send more water out of our area. Please click here to visit my Addressing California’s Drought issue page to learn more about how I’m working on this issue.


Help for residents

If your household is having a tough time with the drought, Sacramento County's various water agencies may be able to help you. 

For example, many residents are eligible to receive rebates for water efficient appliances, such as washing machines and toilets, and for following other conservation best practices. In addition, your local water supplier may be able to provide your home or business with a free audit that can help you figure out ways to save water and money. You can click here to learn which water provider serves your home or business.

  • Free water conservation consultations: Many local water agencies in our area offer free, personal consultations to review your household’s water usage to find ways how you can save water and money. Please click here to learn more.
  • Water efficiency rebates: Learn more about rebates that your water provider may offer you below. You may also visit the rebates section of Be Water Smart for additional information, a website sponsored by water agencies in Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties, and the City of West Sacramento.

California American Water Provider

Sac County Water District

City of Sacramento Water

Sacramento Suburban Water District

Golden State Water Company (Rancho Cordova)

Fair Oaks Water District

Rancho Murieta Water District

Elk Grove Water District

San Juan Water District

Citrus Heights Water

  • Get help with your water bill and more: The California Department of Community Service & Development provides water bill assistance and drought education to residents of California. Please click here to learn more.

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Help for farmers

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering a variety of initiatives to help local farmers during this difficult time. For instance, USDA is providing livestock disaster aid and also help for farmers to improve water conservation. They can also help you repair drought damage to farm lands, control soil erosion, improve irrigation systems, and more. Here are some of the resources available from the USDA that may help you and your farm:

Elk Grove FSA Office
9701 Dino Drive Suite 170
Elk Grove, CA.  95624
916-714-1104 ext 2

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Help for small businesses

I know many Sacramento County businesses are being impacted by this devastating drought, some of which chose to locate in our area because of our normally abundant water supply. The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers programs that may be able to help local small business owners and non-agriculture businesses that are being hurt by the drought.

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Water conservation information and tips

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency in California and is now requiring new measures to save water. Visit the websites below to find additional ways conserve water:

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