ACWA, CMUA Submit Joint Comments on Human Right To Water Report by Heather Engel Nov 12, 2019 Water News ACWA and the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) recently submitted joint comments to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) regarding the agency’s Public Review Draft Report entitled, Achieving the Human Right to Water in California: An Assessment of the State’s Community Water Systems and Draft Mapping Tool. According to OEHHA, the draft report and mapping tool were designed to support state and local government agencies including the State Water Board and regional boards, the Legislature, researchers, and community organizations in policy planning and implementation, and in designing programs to deliver safe and affordable water to households and individuals. The report addresses three components including water quality, water accessibility and water affordability, along with indicators that comprise each of those components. The draft mapping tool utilizes the methodology outlined in the report to assess over 2,900 community water systems and assign a score for each of the three components. ACWA members are encouraged to review the tool and their assigned score. A work group of ACWA members reviewed the report and tool to help staff draft comments that reflected policy, technical and process concerns. Among ACWA member’s key concerns are: Public water agencies and other water systems responsible for providing safe drinking water need to be further engaged and consulted on the development of the draft report and draft tool to ensure continued input, date and examples to evaluate the feasibility of current indicators and proposed future indicators for consideration. The Draft Tool is missing critical, specific information for the public or users to understand what the tool is portraying. It is important that the tool be clearly labeled as showing a historic snapshot in time with data from 2008 to 2016. The indicators for the safe drinking water component should be based on compliance with state and federal laws. The OEHHA draft report and draft web tool are available for review online, as are ACWA and CMUA’s full comments to OEHHA. The ACWA work group will continue to help guide staff in advocacy over this ongoing issue. If you have questions about or concerns about the draft report or tool, please contact ACWA Regulatory Advocate Melissa Sparks-Kranz at MelissaS@acwa.com or (916) 669-2377.