CalMutuals Executive Director Adán Ortega was among the 40-plus invited participants of a new group formed to advise the state on issues faced by operators of small water systems (less than 3,000 connections) in light of state mandates for water conservation stemming from Assembly Bill 1668.

The County Drought Advisory Group (CDAG) aims to help the California Dept. of Water Resources understand the impacts of water shortages during dry periods on small communities and systems. Goals for the group include developing trust between stakeholders, producing vulnerability indicators and draft recommendations.

CalMutuals will continue to participate on behalf of its members to find ways to apply common sense guidelines for water management during future droughts.