CalMutuals Participates in Water Affordability Symposium

CalMutuals Executive Director, Adan Ortega, participated in a panel discussion during the Water Affordability Symposium on April 5th in Sacramento.

The Symposium featured leading researchers and national experts on innovative affordability practices.

CalMutuals Sponsors Legislation for State Recognition of 501(C)(12) Not-for-Profit Mutual Water Companies

CalMutuals is sponsoring AB 3057 (Quirk-Silva), which would amend the California Revenue and Taxation Code to conform to federal income tax law (i.e., Section 501(c)(12) of the Internal Revenue Code) by exempting not-for-profit mutual water, mutual ditch, or irrigation corporations from California income taxes and franchise fees beginning on January 1, 2019.

To download the fact sheet on this important bill, click here.

To add your organization’s support for AB 3057, we have created a letter template.  To download the template, click here.

New Lead Testing Requirement

California Assembly Bill 746 (AB 746) effective January 1, 2018, requires community water systems to test the lead levels of drinking water at all California public K-12 schools, along with preschools and child day care facilities located on public property by July 1, 2019.

AB 746 Requirements:

WHO: Community Water Systems that serve any school site of a local educational agency (LEA) must test for lead in the school’s potable water system.
WHAT: Test potable water systems for lead
WHERE: All school sites of an LEA constructed before January 1, 2010
WHEN: On or before July 1, 2019

To review the Fact Sheet on AB 746 (HSC 116277), click here.

To access the State Water Board webpage with complete information on AB 746 requirements, click here.

CalMutuals Congratulates CalDomestic President Lynda Noriega

CalMutuals congratulates California Domestic Water Company (CalDomestic) president, Lynda Noriega “Woman of Achievement” by State Senator Ed Hernandez in the 22nd State Senate District, for her contributions to environmental protection and environmental justice. Ms. Noriega is one of twenty-two women being honored by Senator Hernandez “for playing a significant role in shaping the economic, cultural, and social fabric of our society.” The announcement was formalized yesterday, March 27, 2018, by Senator Hernandez during an event at the Covina Center for Performing Arts in Covina, California.

To read the full press release on Ms. Noriega’s award, click here.

2018 CFCC Funding Fairs

The schedule for the six FREE 2018 California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) Funding Fairs has been announced.  These fairs are directed towards local government representatives, water and irrigation district managers, economic development and engineering professionals, financial advisors, and project consultants.

These events provide opportunities to obtain information about currently available infrastructure grant, loan and bond financing programs and options. The Funding Fairs also provide an opportunity for attendees to speak directly with program staff about specific projects and issues affecting their community.

Attendees will receive copies of all slide presentations and additional useful infrastructure financing material.

2018 Fairs Flyer

2018 CFCC Brochure

2018 Funding Fairs Handbook

The Latest on 1,2,3-TCP

Last year, the State Water Resources Control Board’s (State Board) adopted a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP) at 5 parts per trillion (ppt). On January 31, the State Board held a meeting to provide an overview of monitoring and testing requirements.

Summary of New Requirements for Community and Nontransient-Noncommunity Water Systems:

  • Monitor sources for 1,2,3-TCP and comply with the 5ppt MCL;
  • Report all sampling results;
  • Data substitution: 1,2,3-TCP water quality monitoring data collected within the two years prior to the date of the MCL may be eligible for initial monitoring requirements;
  • Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) has been identified as the Best Available Technology (BAT);
  • Water Systems that violate the MCL are required to use specific Consumer Confidence Report languag

For a complete list of requirements, please visit the Division of Drinking Water’s webpage by clicking here.

Initial Quarterly Sampling:

  • Initial monitoring began in January, 2018 (January, February, and March);
  • Data substitution results from groundwater samples collected during 2016 and 2017 may be eligible for up to three of the four quarters of initial monitoring;
  • Each individual source must be sampled – composite samples are not allowed.

Testing waivers are handled by the local Drinking Water Office or Local Primacy Agency.

To download a copy of the presentation, click here.

FREE Classroom & Online California Drinking Water Workshops

The Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) offers FREE Classroom & Online California Drinking Water Workshops.

The goal of these workshops is to provide information to help small, rural water systems deliver safe, reliable drinking water to their customers and to demonstrate how to properly manage a water system for long-term viability.

To download the brochure with complete details on RCAC workshops through June 2018, click here.

For more information or to register for any of the classes, call the RCAC Training Center at (916) 447-9832 ext 1429 or email registration@rcac.org.

November Water Treatment Exam Date Changed

The State Water Board has announced that the date of the November 2018 Drinking Water Treatment exam has been rescheduled from November 17th to November 3rd. 

If you plan to take this exam, please make a note on your calendars and plan accordingly.

The deadline for the November Treatment exam will remain September 1st. All applications must be postmarked by September 1st to be considered for the November 3rd Drinking Water Treatment exam.
 
For questions, please contact the Drinking Water Operator Certification Program at (916) 449-5611.

For the latest exam schedule and deadlines, click here.

State Legislature Back in Session

The California State Legislature has reconvened for the 2018 Legislative Session.

Below are the bills we’re currently tracking:

Making Conservation a California Way of Life” Bills: AB 1323 (Weber, Friedman, Eduardo Garcia, Rubio), AB 1668 (Friedman, Hertzberg, Skinner), SB 606 (Friedman, Hertzberg, Skinner). All three bills are vehicles for the implementation of Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-37-16 which directed the State Water Board, the Department of Water Resources (DWR), the Department of Food and Agriculture, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and the California Energy Commission (CEC) to take actions focusing on using water wisely, eliminating water waste, strengthening local drought resilience, and improving ag efficiency and planning. Of the three bills, AB 1323 is considered the “compromise” bill as it would require a stakeholder workgroup to develop, evaluate, and recommend proposals for establishing new water use targets for urban water suppliers and to report to the Governor and the Legislature by December 2019. To date, no action has been taken on the bills.  

SB 623 (Monning) Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund: Would establish the state’s first tax on drinking water to fund safe drinking water solutions for disadvantaged communities. The bill received overwhelming opposition from Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) during last year’s session, but the bill’s author, Senator Bill Monning, and the bill’s principal sponsor, the Community Water Center, are committed to moving the bill forward.

ACA 21 (Mayes, Obernolte) Infrastructure Funding: Would create the California Infrastructure Investment Fund. The measure would require, for the 2019–20 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter – the amounts in the fund to be allocated to specified infrastructure investments, including the funding of deferred maintenance projects; including new water infrastructure projects. Estimate: $2.4 to $2.8 billion in annual funding.

For the complete list of bills we are tracking, click here.

Governor Brown Releases His 2018-19 Budget

On Wednesday, January 10th, Governor Brown released his 2018-19 budget.

Among his budget priorities are (1) SB 5; and (2) the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.

SB 5 (Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for All bond). The measure was passed during last year’s session and will go before voters on the June ballot. The measure includes $84 million for groundwater treatment (remediation to reduce contamination for groundwater that serves as drinking water);

Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund (consistent with the language in SB 623) – the Governor’s budget proposes $4.7 million in 2018-19 for the State Water Board and Dept. of Food and Ag. to take initial steps toward the implementation of this new program, including:

  • Developing and implementing fee collection systems;
  • Conducting an assessment to estimate the level of funding needed to assist water systems in the state;
  • Developing and making available a map of high-risk aquifers used as drinking water sources.

For the full summary, click here.