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Abstract: ACWA Facts Association of California Water Agencies Working Together for California's Water Future
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ACWA FACTS
ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES

Working Together for California's Water future


910 K STREET SUITE 250 SACRAMENTO CA 95814-3577 916.441.4545 FAX 916.441.7893


WHAT IS ACWA?
The Association of California
Water Agencies (ACWA) is the
largest coalition of
public water
agencies in the
90% country.
Its 420
) public
agency
members collectively are respon-
sible for 90% of the water
delivered in California.
ACWA's members hail
from every part of the state, and
provide water to cities and
businesses as well as farms. The
Association's membership list
includes municipal water
districts, county water districts,
irrigation districts and other
special agencies with water-
related functions.
Though diverse in their
size and services, ACWA
members have a common


purpose: To provide good
quality water at the lowest
practical cost.
As members of the
Association, they speak with a
united voice and work together
to ensure a reliable water
supply for future Californians as
well as for the state's environ-
mental resources.
ACWA has been a leader
in California water issues since
1910. Its primary mission is to
assist its members in promoting
the development, management
and reasonable beneficial use
of water in an environmentally
balanced manner.
In fulfilling its role,
ACWA identifies issues of
concern to the water community
and the public it serves;
accumulates and communicates
the best available scientific and
technical information to the public
and policy makers; facilitates


consensus building; develops
reasonable goals and
objectives for water resources
management; advocates sound
legislation; and fosters coopera-
tion among all interest groups
concerned with stewardship of
the state's water resources.
In addition to its public
agency members, ACWA has
numerous affiliate members
that include mutual water
companies and other non-profit,
non-public water suppliers.
Hundreds of firms and corpora-
tions with an interest in water
also belong to ACWA as
associate members.

ACWA PROGRAMS
Government Relations is the
centerpiece of ACWA's activities.
The association reviews an
average of 18,000 new and
amended pieces of legislation
each session, (continued)


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ACWA FACTS -CONTINUED


tracks hundreds of bills and takes
active positions on about 25% of
those in response to member
needs.
With its broad represen-
tation of member interests,
ACWA is a major player in
water issues and has significant
impact on legislation ranging
from individual member bills to
fees to emergency water supply
measures.


Federal Affairs is another key
program. The association's
Washington, D.C., office tracks
federal legislation and represents
California water interests before
Congress, the Administration,
and federal regulatory agencies
such as the Environmental
Protection Agency.
The association works in
concert with all other levels of
state and federal government to
assure that ACWA member
interests are represented.


Benefit and Insurance programs
provide value-added services.
Members have the opportunity to
participate in a number of benefit
programs, including health,


dental, vision, life and long-term
disability. Members also are
eligible for deferred compensation
and workers' compensation
programs. Dramatic cost savings
for these programs are made
possible by the association's
unique group pooling power.


ACWA's Regulatory program is
aimed at representing member
agencies before state and
federal regulatory agencies.
ACWA analyzes and researches
water quality and other
regulations, submits testimony
and comments to regulatory
agencies, and generally seeks
to promote regulations that
protect public health in a
cost-effective manner.
The association also
publishes a bimonthly newsletter,
ACWA Water Quality Monitor,
on pertinent issues, sponsors
seminars and workshops on reg-
ulations and issues, and coordi-
nates with state and national
water-related organizations.


ACWA's Communications
efforts provide members with
timely, accurate information


about water issues and their
impacts on water agencies. The
association serves as a clearing-
house for information on member
activities and water policy
issues, and is a first-line resource
for media representatives
statewide.
A biweekly newsletter,
ACWA News, and special
publications and reports on key
issues help ACWA provide
important information to
members, the Legislature,
media representatives, opinion
leaders, the public and other
organizations.


Membership Services of the
association allow members to
take advantage of education
and networking opportunities
through numerous specialized
seminars, two annual confer-
ences and other services.
These events allow
members to interface with top
water officials as well as other
members, helping water
districts keep current on legisla-
tion and water issues, as well
as trends in personnel and
administrative requirements.


- last revised October 1995 -


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