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Delivering Safe Drinking Water

Ensuring every Californian has access to safe and affordable drinking water.

Clean, Safe, Reliable Drinking Water

Delivering clean, safe, reliable water 24/7 takes regular maintenance of complex water systems, advanced water treatment, and investments in new technology, infrastructure and resources.

ACWA's Efforts

ACWA and the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) are sponsoring state legislation to create a Safe Drinking Water Trust. Instead of relying on a proposed statewide water tax, the Trust would be funded with General Fund dollars during a state budget surplus year. The net income from the Trust would create a durable funding source that will help community water systems in disadvantaged communities provide access to safe drinking water.


ACWA is also working with the state to help shape the development of a statewide low-income water rate assistance program.


ACWA remains opposed to a statewide tax on water.

ACWA Member Efforts

Delivering safe drinking water is job number one for local water agencies. Through regular and thorough testing, California’s water agencies ensure that drinking water supplies are safe and comply with all state and federal drinking water regulations for contaminants such as lead, nitrates, and harmful bacteria.

Water agencies also  make critical investments in water treatment technologies and water supply projects to ensure the safest, most reliable water possible.

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“Ensuring that every Californian has access to safe and affordable drinking water is one of ACWA’s top policy priorities.” Cindy Tuck ACWA Deputy Executive Director for Government Relations

EPA Announces Availability of $20 Million in Grants to Create Water Career Opportunities

by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of over $20 million in grant funding […]


Congress Hones in on PFAS

by ACWA Staff

In late June, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) published a draft bill focused on addressing PFAS […]


EPA Releases Proposed Drinking Water Standard for PFAS

by ACWA Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On March 14, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the proposed National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for […]


Water Quality Policy Principles

by Emily Allshouse

In May 2017, ACWA released policy principles on “Providing Safe Drinking Water and Protecting Water Quality in California.” As public […]


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