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Convening Brought Stakeholders Together to Discuss a Stronger Drought Response

ON Sep 01, 2015

Representatives from multiple Valley counties, state and federal agencies, and NGOs convened for a productive conversation about challenges to providing drought assistance to disadvantaged communities...

New Report Outlines Strategies for Better Groundwater Management

ON Jul 30, 2015

A new report out today from Community Water Center, Clean Water Fund, and Union of Concerned Scientists highlights opportunities and strategies for engaging diverse stakeholders in California’s new system of groundwater management. “Collaborating For Success” draws on a wealth of research demonstrating the critical role of stakeholder engagement in achieving successful shared resource management.

Seven Communities Join Forces for Lasting Water Solutions

ON Jul 30, 2015

On Wednesday, July 29th, residents from seven northern Tulare County communities met to participate in a summit regarding their region’s collective water future. These small, unincorporated communities have struggled to provide safe drinking water to their residents, because the region’s groundwater is contaminated with high levels of nitrates and the pesticide DBCP.

July Policy Updates

ON Jul 25, 2015

Even though the legislature is out on recess, we've been advancing the Human Right to Water in multiple policy contexts this month, including with the State Water Board's Drinking Water Program and exploratory Conservation Pricing Workshop, as well as the legislature's drought hearing.

CWC Opens New Office in South Kern!

ON Jul 20, 2015

We are excited to announce the recent opening of a third CWC office in Arvin, CA! This office will serve as the hub for our South Kern County work to bring interim and long-term solutions for drinking water issues faced by the region.

Drought Emergency Hearing to Address Community Needs

ON Jul 18, 2015

CWC's Ryan Jensen testified on vulnerable Valley communities at a State Assembly Hearing on Drought Emergency Services on July 15th. He highlighted the need for interim emergency solutions, long-term solutions, and proactive source water protection. Read his full comments here!

Northern Tulare County All-Stakeholder Summit, July 29th!

ON Jul 17, 2015

Attention residents of Cutler, East Orosi, Orosi, Monson, Seville, Sultana, and Yettem! There will be an important meeting on Wednesday, July 29th about your region’s water future, and you are invited to attend! These communities are working toward a regional drinking water solution. Come to the meeting to learn more about this important project, ask questions, voice any concerns, and get involved.

Toward Water Conservation and Water Affordability

ON Jul 10, 2015

Conservation measures are clearly necessary during the drought and beyond as we adapt to a changing water supply framework in California. Rethinking our water pricing structures presents a great opportunity to address the dual goals of promoting conservation and achieving the Human Right to Water. Read the comments we submitted to the State Water Board on conservation pricing!

County buying land for Yettem-Seville well

ON Jul 01, 2015

County leaders have approved the $20,000 purchase of a small parcel of land where a new well will be drilled to supply water for the rural towns of Yettem and Seville. Wells in both of these north Tulare County communities for years have had problems providing sufficient drinking water, both in volume of water and its quality, said county Resource Management Agency Director Mike Spata.

Californians struggle for 'normal life,' without water

ON Jun 30, 2015

A washing machine stands in the middle of Maria Jimenez's California yard, like a redundant relic of modern life. Nearby are several rented mobile toilets, no longer in use. For four months, she and her family have had no running water.

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