CalMutuals Monthly Newsletter
Technical Assistance is Available
Is your mutual in need of technical assistance? If so, help is available to mutual water companies through Proposition 1 (the Water Bond).
To find out if your system qualifies, click here to download and complete a Technical Assistance Request Form.
For questions or more information, please contact Denise Peralta Gailey at (714) 449-8403 or via email at Denise@CalMutuals.org
Webinar: Are Your Rates Too High?
Concerns over affordability often prevent a much-needed rate increase. In many cases, the utility has not performed the relevant analyses to determine how extensive affordability concerns really are. To help with this issue, a webinar has been scheduled.
The Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) will host this FREE webinar for small water systems on September 13th from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Participants will learn how the “Water and Wastewater Residential Rates Affordability Assessment Tool” can be used to assess the level of affordability in your community, using parameters beyond the Median Household Income (MHI).
The webinar will also include information and resources on how to design an assistance program for those customers who cannot afford their water bills. The programs highlighted will include options related to rates, as well as water efficiency.
To register, click here.
AB 54 Webinar
AB-54 mandates that each board member of a mutual water company operated as a public water system will, within six months of taking office, complete a two-hour course offered by a qualified trainer.
On Monday, September19th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, the California Rural Water Association will host an online training workshop that fulfills the AB 54 course requirement. The cost of the workshop is $99.
Webinar topics will include:
- Duties of a corporate director to avoid financial conflicts of interest in contracts
- The duties of public water systems to provide clean drinking water that complies with state and federal Safe Drinking Water Acts
- The long term management of a public water system
To register for the webinar, click here.
CalMutuals & American Groundwater Trust Hosting Chrom6 Workshop in Sacramento
CalMutuals is partnering with the American Groundwater Trust to host an informative workshop on Chrom6 Technology in Sacramento on September 27th.
This one day workshop will feature a variety of experts covering various issues related to Chrom6. CalMutuals' Executive Director, Adán Ortega, will serve as a featured panelist to discuss the small system's perspective.
For more information, please contact Denise Peralta Gailey at (714) 449-8403 or via email at Denise@CalMutuals.org
Utility Management Certification Course
The California Rural Water Association (CRWA) is offering a Utility Management Certification course designed to prepare participants for the National Utility Management Certification exam. The course will be held in Sacramento and taught by field-experienced instructors who will bring their practical knowledge to the classroom.
Students will earn up to 24 SWRCB Contact Hours and 24 REHS CEUs.
Upon completion of the course, class participants will have an opportunity to take the Certification Examination on a computer-based test with immediate results available. After passing, a plaque will be mailed to each attendee.
DATE: September 27-29, 2016
TIME: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
To register for the course, click here.
Leak Detection & Equipment Information Workshop
A one day workshop will be held on October 5th in Bakersfield to discuss leak detection principles, equipment information and associated costs. The cost of the workshop is $175.
Topics include a hands-on discussion and demonstration of modern methods of leak detection, sonic leak detection and correlation equipment. There will also be a demonstration of the practical use of leak detection equipment. A pre-project survey will be conducted for leak correlation with a goal to rank and identify entities with the most prioritized need of assistance and list development.
Participants will receive 6 CDPH Water Contact Hours.
To register for this workshop, click here.
The Ins & Outs of Well Design
Quad Knopf, in partnership with the California Rural Water Association, will present a one-day workshop on well design in Bakersfield on October 6th. The cost of the workshop is $175.
Topics covered include:
Participants will receive 6 SWRCB Water Contact Hours and 6 REHS CEUs
- Selection of Water Well and Booster Pump Equipment
- Efficient Operation of Wells and Well Fields
- Zone Testing for Water Wells
- Groundwater Monitoring and Reporting
To register for this workshop, click here.
Drought Preparedness Workshop
The California Rural Water Association is partnering with the Department of Water Resources to host a FREE drought preparedness workshop on November 3rd in Newhall (LA County).
The workshop will target small communities and rural/disadvantaged systems and include the following topics:
Certified water operators can receive up to four (4) SWRCB water contact hours. Class size is limited, so register now!
- Drought Preparedness & Response
- Groundwater Hydrology, Water Wells and State Requirements
- Water Conservation Opportunities (including financial assistance programs)
To download the flyer for this workshop, click here.