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Water Rates Workshop Presentations Now Available

Friday, January 30, 2015

During the Council’s recent water rates workshops, more than 150 attendees heard from a wide variety of experts on how water utilities can assure fiscal stability while still sending effective conservation signals and complying with state law.  The workshops were designed for general managers and financial officers and were made possible with funding from the California Department of Water Resources. The workshop also presented a new, open-source water rate-setting tool.  

Workshop partners included the Alliance for Water Efficiency, Association of California Water Agencies, California Urban Water Agencies, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, and the Cal-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association.  The Council was further assisted with sponsorship from Group 3 members dropcountr and WaterSmart Software. For a complete list of speakers, and  to view the presentations from both workshops, please click here or visit the Water Rates Workshop webpage.


Scientists see shrinking California snowpack as a harbinger

Friday, January 30, 2015

State workers performed a California winter ritual Thursday, poking hollow aluminum tubes into Sierra Nevada meadows to measure the snowpack. In what scientists see as a harbinger, they didn't find much.

"We will conceivably see more years like this in the future," said geologist Jeffrey Mount, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.

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Turf Removal Programs: Council Data Request!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dear Council Members, 

The Council has been working to compose a 'Turf Removal Program: Lessons Learned' report. This report will share the challenges and joys of turf removal programs as well as strategies to help design and implement effective programming.

Please join your fellow water agencies in contributing to the on-going data collection by filling out this sheet to the best of your agency’s ability and sending it to
. Upon submission, in addition to a note conveying our heart-felt gratitude, you will receive a request for a 30-minute phone call during which time we will solicit your anecdotal program insights.

Thank you in advance for your valuable contributions! The report will be available to Council members upon completion.

Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit SCHOLARSHIPS!

Monday, January 26, 2015




The regular discount period has ended for Soil In The City.  But, the G3 Managing Member, Pamela Berstler,
has made a deal with some of the sponsors to extend some organization discounts to the end of the month (including the Council's).  Check out the registration page to grab the discount while you still can.

Pamela also is happy to announce that an Anonymous Donor is providing a limited number of ‘pay what you can’ scholarships to the event. If you would like to apply for one of these places (15 are available), please visit and fill in the application form.  Each application will be considered on it’s merits, and if your application is approved you will receive an email with a special COUPON for purchasing your ticket.

We’ve had many requests for these as the discount period ended, so don’t delay in making your application. NOW is the best time to do it.

Did you know that you can contribute comments, ideas, questions, and research to the conference? Get your ticket and we will send you a  link to upload your information for all of the conference speakers, sponsors, and attendees to see and share.

It’s the hottest event around, but it’s goal is to chill our cities with good practices and hope about reversing climate change.  Our speakers are stoked to be together with each other and with YOU! Check out 

EPA WaterSense H2Otel Recruitment Rally

Monday, January 26, 2015

EPA WaterSense is excited to continue the H2Otel Challenge through 2015! EPA launched the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge in February 2014 to encourage hotels to ACT: assess water use and savings opportunities, change products or processes to incorporate best management practices, and track their water-saving progress and achievements.

WaterSense needs help spreading the word about the H2Otel Challenge and is counting on our partners to encourage hotel customers in their service area to implement water efficiency best management practices. WaterSense is hosting a Recruiting Rally from February 1 to June 1, 2015 to incentivize this outreach. Any organization or individual can recruit hotels to sign up for WaterSense's H2Otel Challenge, but only WaterSense promotional partners are eligible to earn a top recruiter prize.

You can sign up now to recruit hotels and to access helpful recruitment materials on our partner website. To learn more, visit the H2Otel Challenge page!

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