Legislative & Regulatory Updates

CalMutuals establishes its legislative and regulatory priorities at its annual meeting.  As legislation and regulations evolve, CalMutuals adapts and takes positions on specific proposed legislation and regulations through its Joint Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee.

The Committee includes the board of directors as well as members who are interested in participating, and/or are interested in specific topics such as water quality, governance or bonds and grants.  The Joint Committee meets at least monthly, and more frequently as needed when the legislature is in session or a regulatory proceeding is underway.

From time to time, CalMutuals will help its members on local matters with regional agencies, usually when two or more members in a region feel like they are out of options and need more capacity to plan and execute a strategy.

If you are interested in participating in the Joint Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee meetings, please contact Susan Allen at susan@calmutuals.org.


Current Legislative Priorities and Focus:

  • Safe Drinking Water and Economic Feasibility of CR6+ and PFAS legislation
  • Mandated Consolidation of Small Systems
  • Monitor Legislation to include language regarding Mutuals’ 501(c)3 Tax Status
  • Legislation regarding groundwater sustainability planning
  • Planned MCL Compliance Periods
  • Alternatives to the Meter Tax


Current Regulatory Priorities:

  • Economic Feasibility and Chromium 6 – upcoming standard
  • Perfluorooctane Sulfate (PFAS) – upcoming standard
  • Perchlorate — upcoming standard

Current Priorities

If you are interested in specific bills and regulatory documents please check out the links below:


Drought Resiliency

Water Quality

Consolidation and Small Systems


CalMutuals tracks a variety of bills related to water companies. We’ve consolidated the bills (and our position on the bills) into a quick list for your review.

Small Systems and Consolidation


SB 414    (Caballero D)   Small System Water Authority Act of 2019.  Would create the Small System Water Authority Act of 2019 and state legislative findings and declarations relating to authorizing the creation of small system water authorities that will have powers to absorb, improve, and competently operate noncompliant public water systems.

CalMutuals Position: Oppose unless Amended.

Click here to read CalMutuals’ SB414 Comment Letter


Water Quality


Topic: Planned Compliance Legislation

CalMutuals has collaborated with Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia on its initiative to implement planned compliance with his bill AB588 which would allow water suppliers to take up to five years to implement compliance plans for new water quality standards.  When the Chromium 6 standard was enacted in July 2014 CalMutuals supported a similar bill, SB385 (Hueso) to accomplish the same thing. AB588 would apply to all contaminants and would require the State Water Board to have a plan for helping systems that can’t afford to comply with a new standard.
CalMutuals is calling on our members to affirm the importance of this legislation to mutual water companies by drafting a letter of support.  A  template for your reference is available by clicking here.
CalMutuals is pleased that to date a number of sister associations have expressed support of the bill including the Community Water Systems Alliance, ACWA and the San Gabriel Valley Water Association.

Please do not hesitate to contact Logan Largent, CalMutuals Public Affairs Associate, by email at logan@calmutuals.org  if you have any questions.


Topic:  Perchlorate Detection Level for Purposes of Reporting

The State Water Resource Control Board proposes to adopt a DLR for perchlorate of 0.002 mg/L to protect public health and maintain consistency with statutory requirements.

The SWRCB asserts that the potential benefits from this proposed regulatory action are to:

  • Evaluate the performance of existing treatment to levels at least as low as 0.002 mg/L.
  • Determine perchlorate occurrence in drinking water sources at or below 0.002 mg/L.
  • Identify additional public health protection.
  • Gather data to be able to determine the technical and economic feasibility of revising the current MCL.
  • Clarify references to “Possible Contaminating Activity” and “Source Water Assessment” in existing regulations

Click on the following link to review the State Water Resources Control Board Perchlorate Information and Documentation:


Click here to read CalMutuals’ Perchlorate Detection Comment Letter

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