As described in my earlier post here, the California Legislature adopted Assembly Bill 54 effective January 1, 2012, with consequences for mutual water companies that operate public water systems. Importantly, AB 54 requires all mutual water company directors to attend a 2-hour training course covering their duties as directors and the laws and regulations applicable to mutuals before December 31, 2012.
While I do not normally use this blog for commercial purposes, I thought readers might want to know that my law firm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, is offering a training course to satisfy all requirements of AB 54. The course will cover the nature of mutual water companies, corporate governance, duties of directors, water rights and water quality regulations.
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, September 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Friday, October 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm (noon)
Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 8:00 am
To register for the training, please contact Gina Lane of my firm at 805.882.1470 or email@example.com. Fees are $99 per attendee, with a maximum of $249 per mutual water company. For any other questions, please contact me at 805.882.1490 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved acquisition of the water system assets of Riverview Acres Water Company (RAWC) in Trinity County by Salyer Mutual Water Company (SMWC). The CPUC decision in Resolution No. W-4923 sets forth the criteria for transferring a water system from an investor-owned water utility to a mutual water company and illustrates the relatively favorable view of such transfers by the CPUC.
Effective January 1, 2012, California law imposes new requirements on mutual water companies that own and operate a public water system. Adopted as Assembly Bill 54 (Solorio), and codified at several places in the California Corporations, Government, and Health and Safety Codes, the new requirements are intended to improve the quality of water served by domestic mutual water companies throughout the state. Assemblyman Solorio introduced the bill in response to failure of technical, managerial and financial capacity at the Diamond Park Mutual Water Company in Santa Ana, although that company is in the process of being dissolved after connection to the City of Santa Ana water system.
I have written several posts about mutual water companies in California and continue to see a lot of interest in the topic from readers. This post describes a recent court decision regarding the method of allocating water supplies within a mutual water company in Ventura County, in the case of De Boni Corporation v. Del Norte Water Company, 200 Cal.App.4th 1163 (2011).
The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has released a new reform proposal for water resources, entitled Water for Life. While we generally think of the UK as a relatively wet place, Defra identified a number of water challenges facing the nation, including over-abstraction from rivers and groundwater basins, point and diffuse source pollution, projected future population growth and climate change. Water for Life collects a number of more specific reform proposals to form an integrated national water policy for approximately the next 20 years.