FREE Financial Sustainability for Small Systems e-Learning Course

The Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) is offering a FREE 2 hour e-Learning course focusing on three major areas needed by small systems to achieve financial sustainability:

  • Setting up, managing and using enterprise funds
  • Enterprise fund revenues (their origin, what they should cover, and how to set up rates to cover expenses)
  • What it takes to provide safe water to protect public health (major regulations and their role in water quality, common operational questions managers should address, and how to involve operators in management decisions)

To sign up for this free e-learning course, click here.

Fee Reductions for Systems Serving Disadvantaged Communities

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has issued a notice regarding the Public Water System Annual Fee, stating that provisions have been made to lower fees for public water systems that serve disadvantaged communities.

The SWRCB outlined the criteria used in determining if a water system qualifies for the lower fee.

To read the full notice, click here.

Mutual Water Companies Taking Advantage of Prop 1 Funding Opportunities

Due to CalMutuals’ work, for the first time in the state’s history, mutual water companies became eligible for bond funding through Proposition 1 “Water Bond.”

The State Water Resources Control Board has just released the status of funding for Proposition 1 programs and we are happy to see mutual water companies listed as bond recipients.  Mutual water companies have received over $2 million dollars in funding!  Click here to read the funding report.

Association staff, serving as volunteers, have assisted our members with submitting applications. There is still funding available! We encourage our members to contact us to learn more. Call our office at (714) 449-8403 or email Susan Allen at Susan@CalMutuals.org

CalMutuals Facebook Page: A Forum for Sharing Your Concerns, Issues and Resources

One of the reasons the Association hosts workshops is to provide networking opportunities for our members. For example, as a result of last year’s workshop, Averydale Mutual Water Company (Lancaster) was able to access free technical assistance.

To expand networking opportunities for our members, CalMutuals is excited to announce a new forum for sharing your concerns, issues, thoughts and resources — our Facebook page!

Our goal is to create a conversation with our members to ensure they are able to connect, raise issues and share solutions. In addition, our articles will be posted to Facebook so that members can offer comments and feedback.

We look forward to connecting with you on Facebook!  Join the conversation now by clicking here.

The Zenith Solutions Center for CalMutuals JPRIMA Workers’ Compensation Customers

Click on the image below for an update from CalMutuals’ Executive Director, Adán Ortega on benefits for members:

CalMutuals JPRIMA Workers’ Compensation customers now have access to an online solution center made possible through our partnership with Zenith Insurance Company.

The Zenith Solution Center – a comprehensive risk management and safety resources website designed specifically for water systems – features access to online training programs, compliance tools, human resources management best practices, and more.

To learn more about the benefits of obtaining workers’ compensation insurance through CalMutuals JPRIMA, please contact Christine Graves at 415.602.3972 or email her at cgraves@alliedpublicrisk.com.

To download the step-by-step guide to all of your management and HR needs, click here.

Already a customer? Click here to access the Zenith Website and click on “Log In” to access your account and/or sign-up. If you have any issues logging in, please contact us!

Revolutionary Nitrate Removal Technology

One of our members – Sunny Slope Water Company – has partnered with green tech pioneer Microvi to launch the world’s most advanced nitrate removal technology.

The new system will provide more than 200 million gallons of potable water to Sunny Slope’s 30,000 households.  The advanced nitrate removal technology – which generates no secondary waste – is the first of its kind in Southern California and will bring significant benefits to Sunny Slope’s customers.

Our customers deserve the safest and best solutions, and we are happy to be the first to bring this innovative technology to the region, ” said Ken Tcheng, General Manager of Sunny Slope Water Company.

State Water Board Ceases Practice of Obscuring Locations of Public Water System Wells

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has announced that it will cease its practice of obscuring or redacting the actual locations of public water system wells.

Since 2001, the State Water Board has obscured the actual locations of certain wells in the GeoTracker and GeoTracker GAMA information systems and redacted documents to remove the locations of public water system wells that were provided to the public in response to Public Records Act requests.

In a letter released by the State Water Board, an explanation is provided outlining the previous practice and why the policy change has taken place. To read the letter, click here.

Technical Assistance Available through Prop 1

Is your mutual in need of technical assistance? If so, help is available to mutual water companies through Proposition 1 (the Water Bond).

CalMutuals’ staff has already helped Maywood Mutual Water Company #1, located in Los Angeles, receive technical assistance for a water tank project from the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The process to complete and submit a technical assistance form took less than three (3) hours and has already been approved.

To find out if your system qualifies, please click here to download and complete a Technical Assistance Request Form.

For questions or more information, please contact Susan Allen at (714) 449-8403 or via email at Susan@CalMutuals.org

Governor Brown Signs Legislation Supported by CalMutuals

This fall, Governor Brown signed AB 1794 (C.Garcia), impacting mutual water companies in the Central Basin Municipal Water District (“Cental Basin”). The bill expands Central Basin’s board to seven (7) members with the addition of three (3) purveyor members. The legislation also includes other reforms affecting the contracting and hiring practices of Central Basin. The new law will bring greater transparency to a district that, for years, has been plagued by corruption. Mutual water companies in Central Basin’s district will now have the opportunity to help elect a representative that will support small system priorities. 

AB 1794 does not impact mutual water companies statewide but does serve as an example of what can be accomplished through the combined efforts of our members. We appreciate Assemblymember Cristina Garcia’s continued support of mutual water companies and small systems. The success of AB 1794 would not have been possible without the support of our legislative committee, and members in, and around the Central Basin Municipal Water District. 

To review AB 1794 in greater detail, please click here.

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.
 
Have an issue you’d like to discuss?
We encourage our members to contact us for a visit.  We’re committed to learning more about the issues impacting your mutual water company. Click here to contact Us!