Discounted Training Available for CalMutuals Members

Industrial safety training programs are being offered to CalMutuals members at a discounted rate.

Training programs include:

  • Confined Space Entry
  • Trench & Excavation Safety
  • Hazardous Material Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER)
  • Accident Investigation

If you’re interested in any of these trainings, please call our office at (714) 449-8043 or email

CalMutuals Meets Members

Meeting with Members

During the month of April, CalMutuals President, Directors and Staff met with Valley View Mutual Water Company in Baldwin Park, Vaughn Water Company and Oildale Mutual Water Company in Bakersfield, Atascadero Mutual Water Company in Atascadero, Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Company in Arnold, La Cumbre Mutual Water Company in Santa Barbara, and Crestview Mutual Water Company in Camarillo to discuss this year’s legislative agenda and learn more about the concerns impacting mutual water companies throughout the state.
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Developing Defensible Water & Wastewater Rates

Two workshops were held in October, designed to help California utilities learn how to develop and maintain defensible rates in today’s legal climate. The workshops were led by Sanjay Gaur, Vice President at Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc., the nation’s largest utility financial and management consulting practice.

Topics covered in the workshops included:

  • Why cost of service-based rates are imperative in today’s legal environment
  • How agencies can guard against invalidation of rates through a sound administrative record
  • A step-by-step approach to developing defensible rates

To view the PowerPoint presentation from these workshops, click here.

Free Self-Paced Classes & One-On-One Technical Assistance

The Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) have joined forces to provide free training specifically designed to meet the needs of small water systems serving populations under 10,000.

They are providing two self-paced classes that are accessible from any computer with an internet connection, anytime of day or night.

In addition, small systems needing more in-depth help, may be eligible for free one-on-one technical, financial, and managerial assistance from EFCN and RCAP.

To request assistance from EFCN on setting rates, creating an asset management plan, identifying sources of funding or lowering energy use or water loss, click here.

RCAP will help carry out compliance-focused technical assistance projects for operators of small, remote drinking water systems through its Distance Assistance initiative. To request assistance through the state RCAP office, click here.

SWRCB Announces Funding Opportunity

FundingThe State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has approved $19 million in funding from the Cleanup and Abatement Account to meet interim emergency drinking water needs for those communities with a contaminated water supply or that suffer drought related water outages or threatened emergencies.

The funding has become available through legislation signed by the Governor in March, allocating $1 billion in emergency drought relief to ensure communities in need can apply for, and receive interim replacement drinking water.

Eligible applicants include public agencies, as well as community water systems, not-for-profit organizations, and tribal governments that serve disadvantaged communities.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, bottled water, well repair, well rehabilitation, vending machines, point of use devices, hauled water, emergency interties, and treatment systems.

For more information on this funding opportunity, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, please visit

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