Dark Clouds Over California: The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014

I am excited to release a new white paper regarding the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, entitled Dark Clouds Over California. Please download the white paper and share with your colleagues. For your convenience, the executive summary is published below. Additionally, the Act is spread across three legislative bills, some of which modify each other, making them difficult to read. A compiled version of the Act is available here. Other provisions of the three bills that are not contained within the main body of the Act may be found here.

California Mutual Water Companies Training 2014

For the past several years, I have conducted a state-mandated training course for directors of California mutual water companies pursuant to Assembly Bill 54. Given the continued interest in the topic, I will offer two training courses this fall. Because mutual water companies are spread across the state, making travel to a central location impracticable for many directors, the training will be conducted by webinar on the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm

The training will be similar to previous years, updated for new developments in 2014. The cost is $99 per attendee, with a maximum of $199 per company. If you are interested in attending the training or learning more, please call Kerri Chambers at (512) 236-2372 or email her at kchambers@jw.com. I can also answer questions below. I look forward to meeting you.

Accounting Practices Under AB 240 for California Mutual Water Companies

I have received enquiries from several readers about the language in AB 240 (2013) regarding annual budgeting and review of financial records for mutual water companies in California. This post summarizes what we currently know about the topic, although some uncertainties remain.

New Law AB 240 Affecting California Mutual Water Companies

The California Legislature has once again adopted new requirements for mutual water companies, this time in Assembly Bill 240, which was signed by Governor Brown on October 8, 2013 and will become effective January 1, 2014.

The Organization of Water Utilities in California

This post gives an overview of the organization of water utilities in California. For this purpose, water utilities are defined as entities that own and operate public drinking water systems at the retail level. There are few sources of information about who provides water utility service in the state, and this post offers only an overview of the topic. The data used for the analysis in this post was derived from a proprietary database I have of all water utilities in California.

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