CalMutuals Monthly Newsletter
October 2016

CalMutuals Continues to Grow

As you know, the more we are able to grow our membership, the stronger our voice will be in Sacramento.

This month, we're excited to welcome our newest members:

Antelope Park Mutual Water Company
Banning Heights Mutual Water Company
Bar H Mutual Water Company
Bellflower Home Garden Water Company
Chiriaco Summit Water District
Franz Hil Mutual Water District
Mi Wuk Heights Mutual Water Company
New Avenue Mutual Water Company
Old Creek Road Mutual Water Company
Rancho La Jot Mutual Water Company
Senior Canyon Mutual Water Company
Walnut Hills Mutual Water Company
Wendell Lane Mutual Water Company
Z-Ranch Mutual Water Company

On behalf of CalMutuals, we want to thank our new members for joining. We appreciate your membership!

2017 Planning Underway:  CalMutuals Looks to Year Ahead

The legislative session has come to a close but CalMutuals is already planning for the year ahead!  

Due to the ongoing drought, water will be a focus during the next legislative session. What's ahead? The CalMutuals Regulatory Affairs Committee, Legislative Affairs Committee, and Board of Directors will be meeting this month to discuss issues of interest as we plan the CalMutuals 2017 agenda. Areas of focus include Chrom6, consolidations, and the drought order, among other items.

If there is an issue that your mutual water company is facing, please contact us. We want to hear from you!

New Law Addresses Excessive Water Use During Drought

On August 29th, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 814 (Hill) into law.  This new law adds a chapter to the Water Code to address excessive water use during times of drought.

The new law requires urban retail water suppliers to select between two alternative courses of action to address customers’ excessive water use during a drought.

In enacting SB 814, the Legislature found it was necessary to “further important state water policies of encouraging water conservation and protecting water resources in the interest of the people and for the public welfare.”

To Whom does SB 814 Apply?  SB 814 applies to “urban retail water suppliers,” as defined in Water Code Section 10608.12 as “a water supplier, either publicly or privately owned, that directly provides potable municipal water to more than 3,000 end users or that supplies more than 3,000 acre-feet of potable water annually at retail for municipal purposes.”  Thus, if your company has more than 3,000 service connections or supplies more than 3,000 acre-feet of water to retail customers, you must comply with SB 814.

To read our full memo on this new law, click here.

AB 54 Online Workshop

AB-54 requires that each board member of a mutual water company (regardless of size) complete a two-hour training course within six months of joining the board.

The required course must cover the duties of board members, including: the fiduciary duty of a corporate director; avoiding conflicts of interest; the duty of a public water system to provide clean drinking water; and long-term management of a public water system.

The California Rural Water Association (CRWA) is offering an online course that meets this requirement on Monday, November 7th.

Here are the Details:
DATE: Monday, November 7th
TIME:  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
COST:  $99
RSVPClick here

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