California Mutual Water Companies Training 2016

Since 2012, I have had the privilege of providing training to approximately 300 directors of California mutual water companies to satisfy the legal requirements of AB 54 (2011). Given continued interest in the topic, I will offer the course on two dates this year. Because mutual water companies are spread across the state, making travel to a central location impracticable, the training will be conducted by webinar on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm Pacific
  • Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm Pacific

The training will be similar to previous years, updated for new developments in 2016. Like last year, the training is free to all directors of a mutual water company. Since there is no charge, I hope some directors will attend who have had the required training but could benefit from a refreshed memory and the 2016 updates.

If you are interested in attending the training or learning more, please call Pat Starkie at (512) 236-2231 or email her at I can also answer questions below. I look forward to meeting you.

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.

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.

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.

LAFCO Correspondence to Mutual Water Companies

I understand that the Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCO) in several California counties have sent correspondence to all mutual water companies within their boundaries about the requirements of Assembly Bill 54. Among other things, AB 54 requires all mutual water companies that operate public water systems to have their board members undergo a two-hour training on their responsibilities as directors, and to submit a map of their service area to LAFCO by December 31, 2012. If your mutual water company receives such a notice, and you would like to know more, please see my earlier post here about AB 54, and here about the required training course.

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