Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, and the Coachella Valley Water District will announce legislation Friday geared at expediting Coachella Valley water infrastructure projects serving disadvantaged communities.

AB 2060 seeks to revise state law regarding how much funding can be advanced for water and wastewater projects serving grant-eligible disadvantaged communities, particularly those in the Eastern Coachella Valley.

Current law states that such projects can receive advances of up to 50 percent if the project costs less than $1 million. Projects exceeding $1 million may not receive advances, according to a statement from Garcia’s office.

His legislation seeks to remove the $1 million cap and revise the advance payment amount to $500,000 or 50 percent of project costs, whichever is less, regardless of the overall costs.

The legislation will be announced during a 9 a.m. event at the Coachella Valley Water District’s headquarters in Coachella.

Garcia is expected to be in attendance, along with Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, CVWD Vice President Castulo Estrada, CVWD President John Powell, and Pueblo Unido CDC Executive Director Sergio Carranza.

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