California water agencies are feeling the pandemic’s financial pinch. But the water will keep flowing
Posted: December 29, 2020
By Danielle Blacet-Hyden, CMUA Deputy Executive Director

Remote work, social distancing requirements and quarantined employees mean that more staff resources — and more money — are required right now to operate water treatment plants and other critical facilities.  At the same time, many water agencies are collecting less revenue than before the pandemic because some households are struggling to pay their bills. ... Read More


COVID, fires, heatwaves, outages. Is California up to the challenge?

Posted: September 30, 2020
By Barry Moline, CMUA Executive Director

2020 will be remembered as an unforgettable year—or, perhaps, a year we cannot quite remember. On one hand, a lot of crazy things have happened; on the other hand, many people can hardly remember anything we’ve done, other than cope. When it comes to COVID-19, utilities have done well, planning and acting on the fly. ... Read More


Affordability must be a priority as California charts a course for economic recovery
Posted July 12, 2020
By Danielle Blacet-Hyden and Patrick Welch, CMUA

There’s no doubt California has been hard hit by the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s unemployment rate is north of 15% and millions of households are struggling to pay their bills, whether it be the monthly rent or mortgage, a car payment or their utility bills. Even before COVID-19 arrived, what Californians paid for water and electricity service was increasing at a faster pace than the national average. ... Read More


Assembly bill is a Trojan Horse for costly hydroelectric project near Joshua Tree
Posted May 13, 2020
By Barry Moline, Neal Desai and Michael Boccadoro

California is setting the stage nationally on how to move successfully toward a clean energy future. We’re on track with aggressive renewable energy standards, reducing emissions, and investing in green technologies that are transforming our future. ... Read More