Advocacy Priorities

Focused on Safe, Clean, and Affordable Water— Every Day.

Every day, more than two million California Water Service (Cal Water) customers turn on their faucets and know they can rely on us to deliver safe, clean, and affordable water. As a water provider and community partner, our purpose is to enhance the quality of life for our customers and the communities we serve, and we are committed to doing that year after year — it’s the Cal Water Difference.

To that end, every year, Cal Water actively reviews bills introduced at the California Legislature and items our regulatory agencies introduce and supports those that align with our core values and principles, and opposes those that run counter to our mission. 

For 2023, Cal Water has taken a position on the following legislative and regulatory issues according to our policy priorities:

Water Quality

Protecting our customers’ health and safety is our highest priority. Each year, we invest hundreds of millions of dollars into our water systems to ensure we continue to deliver a reliable supply of high-quality drinking water. That’s why we support:

AB 805

Water Systems Consolidation

AB 805

Water Systems Consolidation

Access to Water

Water is a basic human need and Cal Water is committed to ensuring our customers have access to a water supply that is safe, clean, and reliable. That’s why we support: 

SB 3

Access To Water Service

SB 3

Access To Water Service

Permanent LIHWAP Program

Conservation & Sustainability

As climate change brings more frequent and harsher droughts, water conservation will continue to be a critically important tool for water suppliers and customers alike. Water conservation not only helps us adapt to climate change, but it also helps mitigate the effects of climate change by reducing the energy used by the water sector. That’s why we support:

AB 1572

Turf Irrigation Standards

AB 1572

Turf Irrigation Standards

Infrastructure

Cal Water has invested more in infrastructure maintenance and upgrades in the last decade than any other regulated water provider in California. Building and maintaining our infrastructure is critical to delivering safe, reliable water service to our customers. That’s why we support:

AB 838

Water Reliability & Safety

AB 838

Water Reliability & Safety

Combatting Chemicals

Cal Water has tested every one of our water supplies for PFAS and has strongly supported state legislation that would prohibit the sale and use of certain PFAS-containing products; require the certification of accurate testing methods; and establish a publicly accessible database that includes PFAS sources entering water supplies. That’s why we support:

AB 246

Prioritizing Female Health

AB 347

Enforcing PFAS Compliance

AB 727

Safe Cleaning Products

AB 1290

Removing PFAS from Packaging

AB 1423

Artificial Turf Standards

AB 496

Safer Cosmetic Products