South San Francisco, CA August 12, 2022 Submitted by Emily Hernandez, CWS
California Water Service has been laser-focused on climate change, supply diversification, and demand management, and we strongly support Governor Newsom’s new water supply strategy. This includes an urgent call to do more to conserve water, and to identify and develop new water supplies through infrastructure improvements, recycling, desalination, and more surface storage.
Climate change means more boom and bust water cycles and affects water quality, and California must be aggressive on many different fronts to prepare. The plan laid out by Governor Newsom aligns with Cal Water’s own strategy to ensure our customers continue to have a reliable supply of safe, clean, and affordable drinking water along with a sustainable supply for future generations.
One immediate step the State Legislature and Governor Newsom can take is to support SB 1469 (Bradford, Becker). The bill gives water providers a powerful new tool called decoupling that will increase conservation among customers and reward low-water users with lower water bills.
We look forward to working with the Governor and Legislature to implement the new plan.