CalMutuals Monthly Newsletter
June 2016

CalMutuals Hosts Annual Meeting

CalMutuals hosted the organization's annual meeting in Temecula on June 3rd, where Directors Jim Byerrum and Ken Bradbury were re-elected to serve on the Association's Board of Directors.

Attendees received valuable information on various issues impacting mutual water company operations.

In addition, attendees received a free seminar (valued at $750) on The Basics of Operations Management for Mutual Water Companies, which included:
  1. Financial resources
  2. Legal issues to be addressed in bylaw updates
  3. Ways to modernize water infrastructure
  4. Tools to decrease injuries, reduce costs and keep operations productive

CalMutuals members can download the seminar materials through the member log-in page on our website,

A special thank you to Lance Holman, President & CEO of Holman Capital for sponsoring the event.  To learn more about his company's services, please contact him at (949) 981-0237 or by email at

We're Here for You

On Tuesday, June 21st, CalMutuals President, Lisa Yamashita-Lopez, and Managing Director, Denise Peralta Gailey, traveled to Lancaster to meet with Averydale Mutual Water Company to discuss the Association's work on regulatory and legislative issues, as well as offer assistance on matters impacting Averydale's operations.

Have something you'd like to discuss? 
Give us a call. We are committed to learning more about the issues impacting your mutual water company and are happy to schedule a visit to discuss any concerns you may have.
 CalMutuals Testifies at Public Hearing

On June 22nd, the State Water Resources Control Board ("the Board") held a public hearing to receive comments relating to the draft Drinking Water Program fee regulations. Executive Director, Adán Ortega, attended the hearing to testify on behalf of CalMutuals, urging the Board to consider adding more categories of service, with a minimum fee for all systems and additional fees for larger systems that pass a certain threshold of service connections.

Executive Director Ortega also urged the Board to take into account that all governmental bodies engaged in regulating public water systems should benefit from the proposed operating permit fee increase by passing through funds paid by such systems to county health departments that currently oversee systems with less than 200 connections. He reminded them that mutual water companies are required to report various operational and governance data to other government entities, such as Local Agency Formation Commissions, who also lack funding to fully carry out such state mandates.

Although no action on the draft fee regulations took place at the hearing, the Board could consider adoption of any final draft fee regulations at the September 20th meeting.

CalMutuals will continue to advocate for a more equitable approach to the proposed fees as the draft regulations move forward.

For a copy of CalMutuals' comment letter, please click here.

Summer Special: $750 Website for CalMutuals Members

CCS Interactive is offering a $200 discount on website templates for CalMutuals member, for a total cost of $750 (normally $950). For a preview of what your website can look like, click here.

The basic development package includes the following:
  • A content management system (CMS) that allows the content, photos, and PDFs to easily be added, edited, or removed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Provide PDFs the public can download (minutes, agendas, and water quality reports)
  • Custom color schemes to match your logo and brand
  • The ability to change the background photo to a stock photo or one that uniquely reflects the community
  • A homepage with a rotating banner populated with your own photos
  • Link to a pay bills online payment system of your choice
For more information, please contact Michelle Metzner via email at or by phone at (909) 981-6331.
Free Workshop on New Water Treatment Technology

The Palmdale Water District is hosting a free workshop to discuss a new, low-cost, effective method for treating Hexavalent Chromium and Arsenic with a single process.

ATEC Systems Associates and CH2M will be on hand to present this new technology, discuss pricing and answer your questions. A box lunch will be provided.

DATE: Wednesday, July 6th
TIME: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Palmdale Water District (2029 East Avenue Q in Palmdale)
COST: Free

To download the flyer,
click here.

To register, contact Samantha Waterman at
 AB 54 Online Training

The California Rural Water Association (CRWA) is hosting an online AB 54 training.

As of January 2012,
each board member of a mutual water company operated as a public water system must, within six months of taking office, complete a two-hour course offered by a qualified trainer. This online training meets that requirement.

DATE: Monday, July 11th
TIME: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
COST: $99
To register for this webinar, click here.

 Free Webinars from EFCN

The Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) will be hosting a free webinar for water companies.

Communicating Water to Decision Makers
DATE:  Thursday, July 7th
TIME:  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: Free

This webinar will introduce small water systems to a different approach to developing Powerpoint presentations that both inform and move decision-makers to positive action. Participants will learn how to target their audiences with appropriate messages.
To register, click here.

Free Cyber Security Workshop

As we discussed in our April newsletter, water systems need to ensure they have proper safeguards in place to avoid the growing threat of cyber attacks. The first step in prevention is understanding what to watch out for and learning how to plan accordingly to minimize your risk.

To offer expert advice on these two issues (and more), Epic Insurance is hosting a free workshop next month in Ontario.

Below are the details:

DATE:  Wednesday, July 13th
TIME: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
LOCATION: 3990 Concours, Suite 125, Ontario
COST:  Free

To learn more and to register for this workshop, click here.

NOTE: Seating is limited (there are only a few seats left) so if you are interested in attending this workshop, we encourage you to RSVP today.

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