Community Water Center

Community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy

The Solution

California's drinking water crisis can be solved. By moving quickly on both immediate and lasting solutions, we can make sure all Californians have safe, clean, and affordable water for their basic needs. 

For the past decade, the Community Water Center (CWC) has been working alongside thousands of local community members to ensure impacted communities have a voice in the water decisions and policies that affect them. We use three core strategies: Community Organizing, Policy Advocacy, and Public Education. We have four programs: Community Power and Engaged Leadership, Funding Access, Resilient Drinking Water Institutions, and Sustainable Groundwater.

It is our fundamental belief that impacted community members must have a voice in the decisions and policies that affect them, making community resident engagement a major and vital component to all our campaigns.

Current Campaigns

Sustainable & Affordable Drinking Water Solutions

This campaign seeks to meet the immediate needs of low-income residents who lack safe drinking water while advancing local consolidations and regional projects for long-term drinking water solutions. New state policies and funding sources to ensure water is safe, clean and affordable is an essential component to this work.

Address Agricultural Pollution

The goal of this campaign is to promote solutions and policies that reduce nitrate pollution from agricultural activities, communicate the impacts of nitrate contamination in small, low-income communities to the public and decision-makers, and to ensure community impacts and solutions play a fundamental role in the development of policies that address the nitrogen impacts of agriculture.

Protect Groundwater

This campaign seeks to ensure Groundwater Sustainability Agencies that manage our groundwater are inclusive, transparent and effective, while protecting groundwater with policies that promote sustainable development and responsible well drilling.

Set a Strong Drinking Water Standard for the Carcinogen 1,2,3-TCP

The goal of this campaign is to advocate for the most health-protective legal limit for the carcinogenic pesticide byproduct 1,2,3 Trichloropropane, which is found throughout Central Valley groundwater supplies, and create precedent for responsible parties, not taxpayers and water rate payers, to pay for cleanup of drinking water contamination.