State Water Board Announces Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Advisory Group Members by Heather Engel Dec 11, 2019 Water News SACRAMENTO – The State Water Resources Control Board today announced the members of an advisory group formed to help identify needs and designate spending priorities for the recently created Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. The Advisory Group was formed pursuant to SB 200 (Monning), which established the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund and provides $130 million a year for 10 years to help local water systems provide safe drinking water to communities that currently lack it. The 19 members of the Advisory Group were chosen from among 50 applicants. Representatives from two ACWA member agencies — Coachella Valley Water District and Mojave Water Agency — are among those chosen. “Unfortunately, not all who applied could be chosen, but that doesn’t limit participation on this critical work. There will be significant ongoing opportunity for engagement at the Board and with the group, as we collectively identify community needs for safe drinking water,” State Water Board Chair E. Joaquin Esquivel stated in a news release. ACWA Deputy Executive Director for Government Relations Cindy Tuck said ACWA will continue to stay engaged in the issue and encouraged member agencies to attend public meetings of the group when possible. “ACWA members can play a critical role by making suggestions during the process based on their technical expertise and managerial experience throughout the process,” Tuck said. According to the State Water Board, the Advisory Group will meet quarterly in locations throughout the state to provide as many opportunities as possible for public and community input. The first meeting will be held in Sacramento and is tentatively scheduled for Jan.13.