Voices on Water Blog

Drought Shows Value of Investments, Need for Statewide Solutions

The latest conservation figures from the State Water Resources Control Board show Californians are continuing to heed the call to cut back on outdoor watering this summer.

In addition to letting their lawns go “California golden” and taking shorter showers, Californians are signaling their interest in making permanent changes to the way they use water indoors and outdoors. ACWA member agencies report a surge in interest in turf rebates, water-wise house calls and incentives to install water-efficient appliances and fixtures in place of thirstier models.

Region 1 Forum Focuses on Marin Water Management

By Judy Mirbegian 

ACWA Members met in Tiburon on July 24 for a Marin Water Forum. The 2015 Region 1 program drew a crowd of more than 50 and highlighted water management in Marin County.

ACWA Regions Take Charge of Change in Sacramento

By Kathy Tiegs

ACWA’s Regions were hard at work in Sacramento during ACWA’s 2015 Spring Conference & Exhibition, holding membership meetings for all ten regions and hosting three region programs.

Region 5 Event Highlights Silicon Valley Innovation and Leadership

By Dick Quigley

ACWA Region 5 partnered with Santa Clara Valley Water District to host a region event in San Jose on March 22 and 23 titled, “Silicon Valley Water Forum.” The event attracted more than 50 attendees and highlighted the Silicon Valley’s leadership in local water management and its investments to ensure a reliable water supply.

ACWA Regions Explore Creating New Water, Managing Natural Disasters, and More at Fall Conference

By ACWA Vice President Kathy Tiegs

ACWA Regions stayed busy with a full schedule during ACWA’s 2014 Fall Conference, including three region programs and all ten regions hosting membership meetings.

Regions 8, 9 and 10 Address “Local Paths to Reliability”

By Region 10 Chair Peer Swan

ACWA members gathered Oct 26 and 27 at the Hilton Del Mar for a two-day Regions 8, 9 and 10 program called “Local Paths to Reliability.”

Region 5 Gets Innovative to Do More with Less

ACWA Region 5 Members gathered in Livermore on Oct. 19 and 20 for our 2014 fall event, titled “Creative Approaches to Watershed Reliability in the Tri-Valley.” With water managers having to do more with less these days, Region 5 decided to host a program on outside-the-box approaches to water reliability to showcase how local districts are making the current water supplies work for them.

Proposition 1 is Part of a Favorable Evolution in California Water Policy

In just a few days, Californians will cast their votes on Proposition 1, the $7.545 billion water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The product of more than five years of discussions and negotiations, Proposition 1 represents what could be a major turning point in California water. If approved by voters, the measure would jumpstart investments in the comprehensive, statewide water plan we need for our future. In short, it would advance an “all-of-the-above” strategy that includes everything from local resources development to water storage to safe drinking water.

San Joaquin Valley Members Reflect on a Year of Crisis and Opportunity

ACWA members gathered once again in Visalia for our Regions 6 & 7 San Joaquin Valley Water Forum on Oct. 17. More than 120 water industry experts and leaders from throughout the San Joaquin Valley were in attendance, eager to hear about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and from their local representatives in the Capitol.

ACWA President John Coleman and Vice President Kathy Tiegs kicked off the program with an update on what ACWA has been working on and activities and events to come.

Regions 2 & 4 Address Water Operations in a Changing Climate

ACWA Regions 2 and 4 jointly hosted a program again this year titled, “Climate Change and Sacramento Valley Water Operations.” Sacramento Suburban Water District hosted us for this program at its Antelope Gardens facility on Sept. 18, 2014.

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