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Transparent and locally accountable management of the state’s water resources.

Ensuring Transparency and Local Accountability

California’s public water agencies are governed by locally-elected boards and are entrusted to deliver safe and reliable water to homes, farms, and businesses. Water agencies are as diverse as the communities they serve – varying in size, structure and function – but they share in their commitment to open, transparent and responsible water management.

ACWA's Efforts

ACWA is committed to collaborative public policy development and actively promotes policies that ensure transparency and local control over water management. In 2015, ACWA’s Board of Directors adopted a policy statement calling on the California State Legislature to ensure that proposed legislation receives proper vetting through thorough and deliberative public hearings.

ACWA Member Efforts

ACWA member agencies earn the trust of their communities by conducting open and public meetings with opportunities for public engagement, undergoing rigorous auditing to ensure public funds are managed properly and providing detailed information about their governance, budget, and operations to the public in printed materials and on their websites.

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“As stewards of local ratepayer dollars, water agencies take their responsibilities seriously.” Kathleen Tiegs ACWA President

Carl Boronkay: A Giant Passes in California Water

by Timothy Quinn

There are people throughout history who leave huge impacts on our world, yet receive scant recognition. Carl Boronkay is one […]

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Public Water Agencies At Your Service

by ACWA

California’s public water agencies are committed to serving the public through transparent and locally-accountable management of the state’s water resources. […]

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Member Case Study – May 2017

by Pamela Martineau

Contra Costa Water District’s Partnership Program with Belize Pays It Forward Challenge Not all water operators throughout the world have […]

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NextGen Toolkit

by ACWA

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Eminent Domain Policy Principles

by Emily Allshouse

In June 2006, ACWA released its “Eminent Domain Policy Principles,” a guiding document for the association when evaluating legislative or […]

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