CUWA's committees focus on current priority urban water issues. Each committee is led by one or two Board member(s) and includes one representative elected by each member agency. The committees are guided by a charter that articulates goals and operations and, based on the priorities of the Board, they develop work plans for specific upcoming projects. CUWA staff and committee members also participate in a number of external forums related to committee focus areas.
1. The Water Reuse Committee focuses on technical and policy water reuse issues. CUWA supports a One Water approach (i.e., an integrated and collaborative approach) to water management and recently released a white paper on Adapting to Change: Utility Systems and Declining Flows. Developed in collaboration with the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA), Water Research Foundation (WRF), WateReuse California, and California Water Environment Association (CWEA), this white paper explores the impacts of declining flows on drinking water, wastewater, and recycled water systems.
In parallel with this white paper, CUWA developed new policy principles on water use efficiency (WUE), conservation, and declining system flows, emphasizing the importance of considering the integrated nature of systems when developing policy associated with long-term WUE and indoor water use.
The Committee is currently working on an addendum to the declining flows white paper, while developing a separate white paper to inform utilities, developers, environmental groups, and the business community about considerations related to distributed systems (i.e., the integration of decentralized reuse systems into existing centralized infrastructure).
2. The Planning and Conservation Committee engages in State water planning and conservation efforts and develops technical and policy information and recommendations to help ensure that the urban perspective is represented, including CUWA’s priorities and concerns.
In CUWA's Water Supply Reliability Fact Sheet, the committee summarized CUWA agencies’ progress in improving supply reliability by managing demands, diversifying supplies, expanding storage, investing in infrastructure, and more. The Water Supply Reliability Policy Principles and Climate Change Policy Principles summarize CUWA’s current position related to providing reliable water supplies.
The Committee reviews and evaluates regulatory, technical, cost/benefit, and policy issues regarding water efficiency and conservation, and is actively engaged in the State’s implementation of a long-term water use efficiency framework.
3. Through its Water Accessibility and Affordability Committee, CUWA endeavors to make a positive contribution by providing leadership to the growing statewide challenge of water accessibility and affordability, bringing creative ideas and approaches to the forefront for discussion.
As the State progresses towards development of a statewide low-income rate assistance (LIRA) program, CUWA is engaged in the discussion and collaborating with the state to identify sustainable solutions.
Furthermore, CUWA seeks to improve access to clean, safe drinking water in rural areas. The Committee developed a fact sheet in March 2017 that explores possible solutions for restoring access to safe, high-quality drinking water for residents in rural disadvantaged communities. CUWA is currently updating this fact sheet based on more recent data and a cost analysis of capital and O&M solutions.
4. Through the Financial Sustainability Committee, CUWA recently conducted a survey of its member agencies’ water supply reliability investments, including system reliability improvements, water conservation, and supply diversification. The collective results of this survey are included in the Water Supply Reliability Fact Sheet.
The Committee plans to focus near-term efforts on increasing and stabilizing revenues and rate reform.
5. Originally focused on Delta source water protection activities, the Water Quality Committee is redirecting its efforts to distribution systems, with a focus on lead. The Committee plans to share best practices as agencies develop their lead service line inventories and replace lead pipes in their service areas. CUWA also recently convened a Lead in Schools Work Group to exchange best practices among agencies related to lead sampling in schools.
6. CUWA's newest committee, the Technology and Innovation Committee, provides a forum for agencies to explore new technologies and innovate strategies to improve operations.