An estimated 1 million Californians,
living in economically stressed pockets of the state, face
daunting challenges in obtaining clean and affordable water to
drink, addressing sanitation or stormwater needs, and gaining the
help to do so. Across the state, efforts are underway to provide
help. The goal is to do so in a way that allows members of
disadvantaged communities to express their needs and wants, set
priorities and obtain the technical assistance necessary to begin
to solve their challenges.
This handbook is intended as a resource for anyone in, or
involved with, communities throughout the state that have
historically struggled to make their water resource needs known
to agencies with the power to help.
This handbook provides crucial
background information on the Sustainable Groundwater Management
Act, signed into law in 2014 by Gov. Jerry Brown. The handbook
also includes a section on options for new governance.
This abridged version of the 2013 Layperson’s Guide to California
Wastewater provides a brief overview of the wastewater treatment
process. The full 28-page guide, available for $15.00, explains
the regulatory and legal requirements of wastewater treatment,
current challenges facing the industry and a list of additional
resources and provides case studies of different wastewater