ACWA Launches New Website to Educate Public About Proposed Drinking Water Trust

  • by Heather Engel
  • Mar 27, 2019
  • Water News

ACWA has launched a new website – www.SafeDrinkingWaterTrust.org – aimed at educating the public about the proposed funding solution included in ACWA-sponsored SB 669 (Caballero), The Safe Drinking Water Trust, which would help community water systems in disadvantaged communities provide safe drinking water to their customers.

The website is a companion to www.WaterTaxFacts.org, which was launched last year to help educate the public about the proposed statewide tax on drinking water that was included in a Brown Administration budget trailer bill and SB 623 (Monning), a two-year bill introduced in 2017. Earlier this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a similar proposal based on the SB 623 framework that appears in budget trailer bill language.

ACWA is leading a coalition of more than 200 California businesses, associations, cities and water agencies that is strongly opposed to a tax on drinking water. While the coalition agrees that there is a problem and that an appropriate funding solution should be enacted this year, it believes a statewide drinking water tax is not the right funding approach.

ACWA and the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) are sponsoring SB 669, a better approach than a water tax. The Trust would be funded with an infusion of General Fund dollars during a budget surplus year, such as the current budget year. The state would invest the principal, and the net income would provide the needed ongoing revenue stream for drinking water solutions in disadvantaged communities.

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