The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country. ACWA’s more than 430 public agency members collectively are responsible for 90% of the water delivered to cities, farms and businesses in California. ACWA has made it a high priority to deliver safe drinking water to all communities in California. However, ACWA opposes the drinking water tax outlined in SB 623 (Monning) and now, the new version SB 845 (Monning). If passed, SB 845 will impose a new charge on water bills that consumers would be able to opt out of.

For more than a century, ACWA’s mission has been to help members promote the development, management and use of good quality water at the lowest practical cost and in an environmentally responsible manner.

ACWA serves the water industry and the public by promoting local agencies as the most efficient means of providing water service; sharing reliable scientific and technical information; tracking and shaping state and federal water policy; advocating for sound legislation and regulation; and facilitating cooperation and consensus among all interest groups.

Extensive public investments in water infrastructure – from reservoirs to pipelines to water treatment plants – allow safe water to flow reliably to the vast majority of homes, businesses, and schools throughout the state.

However, this is not the case for some Californians who live in rural, low-income communities that do not have access to safe drinking water. This is unacceptable, and the situation will worsen without a strong state commitment.

ACWA is working on all fronts to advance an appropriate package of funding solutions for this key issue for California.