Sonora, CA — The California Department of Water Resources has awarded regional grant money to help low-income residents reduce water and energy costs.

The Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA) has received a $720,700 grant to install high efficiency dishwashers, washing machines, low flow faucets and shower heads.

The program will be free to those that meet income requirements and it will help an estimated 378 homes across three counties (Tuolumne, Amador and Calaveras).

Joe Bors, ATCAA’s Energy and Water Conservation Programs Director, says, “It effectively reduces the amount of water used by each family and also reduces energy costs, which is a primary goal of this program.

The grant program is administered via the state’s Department of Water Resources and is concert with the California Air Quality Board efforts.

Goals include reducing approximately 2,400 metric tons of CO2 emissions, 67-million gallons of water, and 2.9 million kilowatt hours, over the lifetime of the products installed in the homes.

Bors says the funding was announced late last week and he estimates it will take between 5-8 weeks to get the new program off and running. For more information on ATCAA’s Energy services, click here.