No Water Tax Aug 17, 2017 California’s 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 eleventh-hour effort in the Legislature to impose a statewide tax on drinking water is NOT the solution. ACWA strongly opposes the funding proposal outlined in SB 623 (Monning). ACWA is working on all fronts to advance a more appropriate package of funding solutions for this key issue for California. Resources Fact Sheet on SB 623 Video on SB 623 SB 623 Opposition Coalition List No Water Tax Toolkit (Member login is required) In the News “Sacramento sets its eye on taxing our drinking water,” The Orange County Register, Assembly Member Phillip Chen, Aug. 31, 2017 “Viewpoint: New water tax wrong way to fund clean water for all,” Desert Sun, Kathleen Tiegs and Brent Hastey, Aug. 30, 2017 “Imposing a tax on water users not the solution: Letters,” Daily Bulletin, Luis Cetina, Aug. 30, 2017 “Wash our hands of the statewide water tax,” The Acorn, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Board of Directors, Aug. 30, 2017 “Local water officials object to proposed state ‘water tax’,” Rancho Santa Fe Review, Joe Tash, Aug. 29, 2017 “Gulp! State Senate may tax drinking water from tap,” Idyllwild Town Crier, Aug. 29, 2017 “After drinking water, will California tax air?,” NewsMax, Michael Reagan, Aug. 29, 2017 “Oppose new tax on water,” Ventura County Star, Glen Peterson and Charles Caspary, Aug. 28, 2017 “Proposed tax not the way to provide safe, reliable water,” The Press Enterprise, David J. Slawson and Paul D. Jones II, Aug. 28, 2017 “Creating new statewide tax on water is bad policy,” East Bay Times, John Coleman, Aug. 28, 2017 “Last-minute water tax can’t be justified however worthy the cause,” The San Diego Tribune, Aug. 25, 2017 “Opinion: Taxing water wont make it more affordable,” Times of San Diego, Mark Muir, Aug. 24, 2017 “First-ever water tax proposed to tackle unsafe drinking water in California,” The Mercury News, Katy Murphy, Aug. 23, 2017 “A statewide tax is an unfair way to safe drinking water,” Sacramento Bee, Kathleen Tiegs and Brent Hastey, Aug. 18, 2017 Questions Media inquiries and members questions about member tools and resources should be directed to ACWA Acting Communications Supervisor Pamela Martineau 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.