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Rule In New California Budget Could Force Water Company Mergers

ON Jun 19, 2015

A provision in the newest California budget could give the state the power to force mergers between small water providers and larger companies. A number of small central valley water utilities are facing dried up wells and dirty water due to the drought.

Momentum Builds as Northern Tulare County Residents Collaborate for Regional Solutions

ON Jun 05, 2015

Seven, small, unincorporated communities in northern Tulare County have moved closer to a regional water solution! For the past few months, CWC’s organizing team has been knocking on doors and holding community meetings as pre-project outreach work across the seven communities. The County recently signed a Governance Study contract to evaluate region-wide governance solutions to address the area’s drinking water challenges, which include groundwater contaminated with high levels of nitrates and the pesticide DBCP.

Your Support Helped Key Bills Move Forward in the Legislative Process!

ON Jun 04, 2015

Thanks to great support online and in-person during National Drinking Water Week, we helped move several important water justice bills forward in the legislature!! We dropped off over 270 letters in support of a policy platform that will bring us closer to realizing the Human Right to Water!

Convening Focuses on Effective Stakeholder Engagement in Sustainable Groundwater Management

ON Jun 02, 2015

Eighteen individuals from across the state came together on May 20th to provide feedback on the discussion draft of a new report co-authored by CWC’s Kristin Dobbin (and Laurel Firestone) on stakeholder engagement in groundwater management. The report on Effective Stakeholder Participation for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Implementation was co-authored with Clean Water Action and Union of Concerned Scientists, with support from the California Water Foundation.

Your Opportunity to Shape State Funding Programs

ON Jun 02, 2015

The State Water Board is holding public meetings on the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, SB 445 Site Cleanup Subaccount Program, and Proposition 1 Groundwater and Drinking Water Programs. These are important funding programs, several of which are still in the very early development stages -- your participation can help shape the programs to ensure they meet community needs.

CWC’s Anavel Valdez-Lupercio Honored by the United Women’s Organization!

ON May 21, 2015

Anavel Valdez-Lupercio was honored by the United Women’s Organization / Organización de Mujeres Unidas (UWO), Latinas in Business and Professions Association, and the Tulare Kings Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for her leadership as a Latina in Technology. Anavel is very deserving of the award -- as our Operations and Facilities Manager, she keeps CWC running strong by managing our bookkeeping, human resources, facilities, database, donations, grants, and so much more! We’re delighted that Anavel’s excellent work was recognized by the community!

It's National Drinking Water Week!

ON May 04, 2015

The Community Water Center and the AGUA Coalition will be celebrating National Drinking Water Week with a series of platicas, or community conversations, throughout the San Joaquin Valley. AGUA members will be hosting platicas in Ducor, Poplar, Tulare, and Lindsay. Please join us to discuss drought impacts, resources, and opportunities!

Drought Update: Small Communities Need to Conserve, Too!

ON Apr 30, 2015

The Governor just released emergency regulations for water conservation. Urban water suppliers have to conserve from 8-36% more water to reach the statewide goal of a 25% water reduction, and small water systems (serving fewer than 3000 connections) must achieve a 25% reduction in water use or limit outdoor irrigation to two days per week.

Interim Drinking Water Solutions in Arvin

ON Apr 30, 2015

Residents of Arvin, CA, have been impacted by arsenic-contaminated water for over a decade. Each of the community's five wells exceeds drinking water standards set by the federal EPA for arsenic. Drilling new wells will take two or more years and millions of dollars.

CWC's Jerry Tinoco Discusses Arsenic Contamination in Arvin on KERO Bakersfield

ON Apr 16, 2015

Jerry Tinoco discusses Arvin's long-standing problem of arsenic contamination and the financial challenges for many Arvin residents of acquiring adequate water filters.

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