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Voter Approved Prop 68 Provides Money for Water Recycling

California voters just approved Proposition 68, a $4 billion general obligation bond for parks, natural resources protection, climate adaptation, water quality and supply and flood protection. The bond measure includes $100 million for water recycling projects as well as additional funding for flood protection, groundwater cleanup and recharge and safe drinking water. For more information, [...]

By |June 13th, 2018|Hot Topics|Comments Off on Voter Approved Prop 68 Provides Money for Water Recycling

Microplastics Experts Presenting at Annual Conference

Plastics seem to be everywhere in the news lately — bans on single use straws, limitations on packaging materials and microplastic challenges in the aquatic environment.  CASA is sponsoring legislation (SB 1263-Portantino) that establishes a long-term strategy to address microplastics in the ocean. Two leading experts in microplastic pollution are joining us in Monterey for [...]

By |June 11th, 2018|Hot Topics|Comments Off on Microplastics Experts Presenting at Annual Conference

Sign Up! Registration Open for Asset Management Workshops

Are you doing enough to protect your agency’s infrastructure and plan for the future? Is prudent and comprehensive asset management part of your agency culture? Join us for our one-day workshops to explore asset management for wastewater utilities. The workshops, scheduled for September 17 in Chino and September 18 in Martinez, include case studies, onsite [...]

By |June 11th, 2018|Hot Topics|Comments Off on Sign Up! Registration Open for Asset Management Workshops

CASA, WateReuse CA to Comment on Revised Water Policy

CASA and WateReuse CA are working closely on testimony and written comments on proposed revisions  to the State Water Board’s Recycled Water Policy.  We seek changes on these key issues: A proposed new goal to minimize discharges of wastewater to oceans, bays and estuaries; New provisions addressing compliance with the change of place of use [...]

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Central Valley Water Board Adopts Comprehensive Salt and Nitrate Regulations

On May 31, the Central Valley Regional Water Board unanimously adopted basin plan amendments to the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River basins and the Tulare Lake Basin to Incorporate a Central Valley-wide Salt and Nitrate Control Program. CASA supported the comprehensive amendments. This follows a decade long stakeholder process.  CASA was among the founding members of the [...]

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Flushability Specifications Released

The International Water Services Flushability Group (IWSFG) recently published a final version of its flushability specifications. The guidelines are designed to protect wastewater collection and treatment facilities by ensuring products labeled “flushable” actually break apart after flushing. Current guidelines and standards are not sufficient to protect wastewater infrastructure and the environment from damage caused by [...]

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Member News

Congratulations EMWD for Being Tops in Customer Satisfaction! Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) was recently honored with the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates award for the 2018 Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Survey. Satisfaction is gauged by measuring 33 attributes within six factors: delivery, price, conservation, billing and payment, communications and customer service. “EMWD is [...]

By |June 11th, 2018|Hot Topics|Comments Off on Member News

Suspense File Hearing Determines Bills to Move Forward

Last Friday, the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees held their “suspense file” hearings to determine the bills that move forward and those that stop for the year. Here’s how this somewhat opaque, fast-paced hearing process works. Bills that reach a certain cost threshold are automatically referred to the suspense file when they get to the [...]

By |May 30th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Suspense File Hearing Determines Bills to Move Forward

Legislative & Regulatory Updates

EPA Extends Deadline to Apply for a WIFIA Water Infrastructure Loan There’s still time to apply for a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt recently announced an extended deadline of July 31, 2018 to submit letters of interest for WIFIA loans. Administrator Pruitt also sent a [...]

By |May 30th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Legislative & Regulatory Updates

Other News

CASA Seeks New Analyst to Join Team We’re hiring! CASA is in the process of looking for a new legislative and regulatory analyst to join our staff. The position will provide advocacy and administrative support to the association’s regulatory and legislative affairs programs. More information about the position is available here.

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