No Water Tax

  • Feb 23, 2017

Extensive public investments in water infrastructure – from reservoirs to pipelines to water treatment plants – allow safe water to flow reliably to the vast majority of homes, businesses, and schools throughout the state.

However, this is not the case for some Californians who live in rural, low-income communities that do not have access to safe drinking water. This is unacceptable, and the situation will worsen without a strong state commitment. ACWA has made it a high priority to develop effective solutions and advance sensible funding strategies to address this important social issue. However, an effort in the Legislature to impose California’s first statewide tax on drinking water is NOT the right solution.  ACWA strongly opposes the funding proposal outlined in last year’s SB 623 (Monning) and the current Brown Administration budget trailer bill.

ACWA is working on all fronts to advance a more appropriate package of funding solutions for this key issue for California.


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Media inquiries and members questions about member tools and resources should be directed to ACWA Director of Communications Heather Engel at (916) 441-4545.

For questions about ACWA’s position on SB 623, or opposition to a statewide tax on water, please contact ACWA Deputy Executive Director for Government Relations Cindy Tuck at (916) 441-4545.