Terms of Use Policy

1. Notice.

You are visiting the Web site of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA). This site may be used for authorized purposes only. As a condition of your use of the ACWA Web site, you agree to the terms contained in this Terms of Use Policy.

2. Definitions.

As used in this Policy:

  • “Web site” means and refers to all or any portion of the official ACWA Web site (i.e., all pages starting with “www.acwa.com”), the sub-pages and their content.
  • “Content” includes the information, material, documents, text, graphics, images, logos, and HTML, XML and other programming formats (including meta tags or the meta http equivalent), and scripts.

3. Notice That Web site May Change Without Notice.

This Web site is provided as a public service. This site is dynamic and will change over time without notice. Users of this Web site are therefore fully responsible for checking the accuracy, completeness, currency and suitability of this Web site themselves. In addition, ACWA may suspend or discontinue some or all of this public service at any time.

4. Inappropriate Use of the Web site.

As a condition of your use of the ACWA Web site, you are strictly prohibited from the following:

  • Impersonation/Forgery. Adding, removing, or modifying identifying network header information in an effort to deceive or mislead is prohibited. Attempting to impersonate any person by using forged headers or other identifying information is prohibited. The use of anonymous remailers and nicknames does not constitute impersonation. Using deliberately misleading headers in news postings in order to avoid spam e-mail address collectors is allowed provided appropriate contact information is contained in the body of the posting.
  • Privacy Violations. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any electronic systems, networks or data owned or controlled by ACWA.
  • Threats. Verbal or written threats of bodily harm or destruction of property made through the Web site are prohibited.
  • Harassment. Use of the Web site to harass any individual or group for any reason, including but not limited to race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, is prohibited.
  • Illegal Use. The use of the Web site for illegal purposes is prohibited.
  • Disruptions. Any activities that adversely affect the ability of other people or systems to use the Web site are prohibited. This includes “denial of service” attacks against another network host or individual user, the known propagation or downloading of viruses, and all forms of hacking. Interference with or disruption of other network users, network services or network equipment is prohibited.
  • E-mail. Directly or indirectly sending viruses, hoaxes, chain letters, advertisements, unsolicited commercial e-mail, or large volumes of unsolicited e-mail to or through the Web site, whether or not that e-mail is commercial in nature, is strictly prohibited.

5. Disclaimer of Warranties.

This Web site is provided “AS IS” and without warranties of any kind. To the fullest extent of the law of the State of California, ACWA and its directors, officers, members, employees, and agents disclaim all warranties, expressed or implied, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to this Web site; this disclaimer of warranties includes but is not limited to disclaimers regarding the following: (1) that the functioning of this Web site will be uninterrupted and error free; (2) that any defects or other errors on this Web site will be corrected; and (3) that this Web site as well as the computer system are or will be free of viruses or other harmful components. In addition, neither ACWA and its directors, officers, members, employees, and agents make any representations, guarantees, or warranties as to: (1) the accuracy, completeness, currency, or suitability of the information provided via this Web site; (2) the use of or the results of the use of this Web site; and (3) the accuracy, reliability, availability or completeness or usefulness of the content of Web sites created and maintained by persons other than ACWA and linked to or from this Web site.

6. Limitation of Liability.

Under no circumstances, including but not limited to, negligence, is ACWA or its directors, officers, employees, and agents liable for any special, consequential and/or incidental damages that may result from the use of or the inability to access or use this Web site, even if ACWA has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. In no event shall ACWA’s total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action (whether in contract, tort [including but not limited to negligence], or otherwise) exceed the amount paid by you, if any, to access this Web site.

7. Copyright Notice.

In general, information presented on this Web site, unless otherwise indicated, is considered in the public domain. It may be distributed or copied as permitted by law. However, ACWA does make use of copyrighted data (e.g., photographs), which may require additional permissions prior to your use. In order to use any information on this Web site not owned or created by ACWA, you must seek permission directly from the owning (or holding) sources. Also, duplication or use of any content from this Web site for commercial purposes or in any manner likely to give the impression of official ACWA approval is prohibited.

8. Links to External Web Sites and Pages.

This Web site may contain hypertext links to external Web sites and pages containing information created and maintained by public and private organizations other than ACWA. These hypertext links may be created by ACWA if it determines that establishing the external link will be consistent with assisting or furthering the purpose of this Web site. In addition, hypertext links may be created by ACWA for informational purposes, that is, where the linked external Web site will provide useful and valuable information to visitors to this Web site, or where the linked external Web site is required or authorized by law.

ACWA, in its sole discretion, will determine whether the external Web site meets the purpose of this Web site or for the specified informational purposes. The inclusion of a hypertext link to an external Web site is not intended as an endorsement of any products or service offered or referenced on the linked Web site, the organizations sponsoring such Web site, or any views which might be expressed or referenced in the Web site. These hypertext links to external Web sites and pages may be removed or replaced in the sole discretion of ACWA, at any time without notice.

9. Disclaimer of Endorsement.

Any reference in this Web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by ACWA.

10. Submission.

All remarks, suggestions, ideas, graphics, or other information communicated to ACWA through this site (collective, the “Submission”) will forever be the property of ACWA. ACWA will not be required to treat any Submission as confidential, and will not be liable for the use of any ideas. ACWA will be entitled to use the Submission for any purpose whatsoever, without compensation to you or any other person sending the Submission. You acknowledge that you are responsible for whatever material you submit, and you, not ACWA, have full responsibility for the message, including its legality, reliability, appropriateness, originality, and copyright.

11. Severability.

If any provision in these terms shall be determined to be unlawful, void or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the remaining terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions.

12. Privacy.

You may access ACWA’s Privacy Policy here.