CalMutuals Monthly Newsletter
September 2016

Water Company to Receive Technical Assistance for Water Tank Project Thanks to Help from CalMutuals

Maywood Mutual Water Company #1, located in Los Angeles, will soon be receiving technical assistance for a water tank project from the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), through Proposition 1.

This past month, CalMutuals’ staff worked with the mutual water company’s general manager, Sergio Palos, to submit the request to SWRCB. The process to complete and submit a technical assistance form took less than three (3) hours.

"I am grateful for the assistance CalMutuals’ staff provided us (Maywood Mutual Water Company #1) with submitting our request for technical assistance. Thanks to CalMutuals’ support, our mutual water company will soon be receiving assistance with our water tank project." – Sergio Palos

If your mutual water company is in need of technical assistance and requires guidance on how to submit a request to the SWRCB, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help!

For questions, please contact Adan Ortega at (714) 449-8403 or email him at

EWG Requests Water Utilities to Verify Water Quality Data Appearing in Upcoming Report

Following their recent report on incidences of chromium-6, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is updating their national tap water database, asking water utilities to review and verify the information contained within the database. Over 160 California mutual water companies are included in the report which will be released to the media and elected officials.

CalMutuals encourages our members to visit the EWG website (which will be accessible until October 31st) to verify that your data is accurate.

To log into the EWG website and verify your data,
click here.

Username: water
Password: utility

In addition, EWG will be highlighting the growing challenges water utilities face as they treat polluted source waters. They would like to showcase those challenges and costs in an effort to make the case for stronger source water protection measures and increased funding for infrastructure projects. Utilities who are interested in participating should contact us immediately so we can pool information about the costs and challenges you are confronting. Please call our office at (714) 449-8403 or email us at

AB 54 & AB 240 Board Training for Mutuals

Every six years, all mutual water board members are required to complete two (2) hours of training on conflicts of interest, fiduciary responsibilities, Safe Drinking Water Act compliance, and capital improvement planning.

To help mutual water companies comply, the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) has scheduled a FREE workshop in Santa Rosa.

Here are the Details:

DATE: October 11, 2016
TIME: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
LOCATION:  Hilton Sonoma Wine Country (3555 Round Barn Blvd in Santa Rosa) 
RSVPClick here

For those board members who cannot attend the workshop in Santa Rosa, RCAC has scheduled two webinars.

Here are the Details:

November 9, 2016  (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
December 7, 2016  (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

To register for either webinar, click here

DWR to Hold Water Shortage Contingency Planning Workshop

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has scheduled a Water Shortage Contingency Planning (WSCP) Technical Workshop for urban water suppliers on Monday, October 3rd from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Sacramento.
The workshop is consistent with Governor Brown’s
Executive Order B-37-16, making water conservation a California way of life. The meeting will focus on the proposed WSCP framework for urban suppliers, especially the development of standards for annual assessments, triggering criteria, staged responses and reporting requirements.
The workshop will take place at the Center for Collaborative Policy (Main Conference Room), 815 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811.

To RSVP, please contact to Meagan Wylie at the Center for Collaborative Policy by calling (619) 886-8152 or emailing her at      
Attendance by webinar and teleconference is encouraged since in-person seating is limited.  To register for the webinar, click here.

To participate via teleconference, use the following number and access code:
United States (Toll-free): 1-866-952-8437
Access Code: 537-183-243

To review the agenda and workshop materials, click here.
The workshop was prompted by questions and concerns raised by water suppliers at the last Urban Advisory Group (UAG) meeting on September 19-20 at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California headquarters in Los Angeles. The UAG meeting focused on the following Executive Order components:
  • Strengthen Local Drought Resilience
  • Eliminate Water Waste
  • Use Water More Wisely
The UAG meetings are designed to present and receive comment on a framework and key concepts that would result in WSCP that water suppliers can implement efficiently. WSCP establish stages of escalating response to a water shortage caused by droughts and emergencies.

Under the directive, DWR and the State Water Resources Control Board are to develop new water use targets and issue a proposed draft framework by January 10, 2017.
To stay informed and receive a notice about the technical 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:
  • Drought Preparedness & Response
  • Groundwater Hydrology, Water Wells and State Requirements
  • Water Conservation Opportunities (including financial assistance programs)
Certified water operators can receive up to four (4) SWRCB water contact hours.  Class size is limited, so register now!

To download the flyer for this workshop, click here.
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