Established in 1990, the California Urban Water Agencies (CUWA) is a non-profit corporation of 11 major urban water agencies that are responsible for serving drinking water to about two-thirds of California’s population. As the collective voice for the largest urban water purveyors in California, CUWA provides a technical perspective to promote common understanding and consensus solutions among the urban water community.
CUWA’s mission is to provide a forum for combining the expertise and resources of its member agencies to advance reliable, high-quality water supplies for the State's current and future urban water needs in a cost-effective manner for the public, the environment and the economy.
CUWA’s efforts are guided by its 11 member agencies and supported by an Executive Director. Member agencies’ resources are pooled to study water management issues, develop consensus solutions among the urban water community, and engage with California water leaders. CUWA member agencies benefit from the collective sharing of information among themselves, leveraging work conducted by one another with case studies and lessons learned.
CUWA develops technical information on California water to help inform policy debates and relevant efforts of the California Legislature and Administration. CUWA presents this information in reports, fact sheets, presentations, and more. CUWA’s Policy Principles represent member agency consensus on a broad range of important California water issues and are updated regularly to reflect current thinking on evolving issues. Member agencies engage in active dialogue with other water leaders across California to share their ideas.
Visit our publications page to view CUWA’s work products on a variety of topics, including annual reports that highlight CUWA’s accomplishments each year.
Alameda County Water District
City of Fresno
City of San Diego Public Utilities Department
Contra Costa Water District
East Bay Municipal Utility District
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
San Diego County Water Authority
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Zone 7 Water Agency