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Water & Wastewater Systems Resources

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These resources will help inform your water and wastewater systems activities. Resources include links to organizations, state and federal agencies, tools, guides and tip sheets to support your work.  You’ll also find examples of programs and materials from cities and counties.

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The Ahwahnee Water Principles for Resource-Efficient Land Use
Local Government Commission

These stewardship principles, developed by the Local Government Commission, can help cities and counties reduce costs and improve the reliability and quality of water resources.  The Awhahnee Water Principles are meant to compliment the original Ahwahnee Principles for Resource-Efficient Land Use.

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Association of California Water Agencies

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country.  Its nearly 450 public agency members collectively are responsible for 90% of the water delivered to cities, farms and businesses in California.

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California Department of Water Resources

The Department of Water Resources provides grant and loan programs, information and data and technical assistance in support of local efforts to improve efficiency and conservation in water and waste water systems.

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State Water Resources Control Board

The mission of the State Water Resources Control Board is to ensure the highest reasonable quality for waters of the State, while allocating those waters to achieve the optimum balance of beneficial uses. The joint authority of water allocation and water quality protection enables the Water Board to provide comprehensive protection for California’s waters. 

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California Municipal Utility Association

The California Municipal Utility Association features links to individual municipal utilities in California.

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San Diego Water Conservation Tips

Twenty-four simple ways to help you save water.

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San Francisco Water Efficiency Ordinance

San Francisco has approved an ordinance that will reduce water run-off and increase watershed function by integrating standard green principles into planning codes for tree planting, permeability requirements, decorative fencing, and greening the community.

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Save Our Water

The program offers consumer-oriented information and tools for understanding the long-term issues facing the state’s water system and practical tips for reducing water use indoors and outdoors. Save Our Water is a joint effort by the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources in response to severe water challenges facing the state.

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Updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance
Department of Water Resources

This page provides information about the Department of Water Resources’ updated Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance for use by cities and counties.

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U.S. EPA Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative

EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative provides tools and resources to assist water and wastewater utilities in developing and implementing climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, with the goal of a more resilient water sector.

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U.S. EPA WaterSense
Water Conservation Program

WaterSense, a partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to help consumers make smart water choices that save money and maintain high environmental standards without compromising performance. Products and services that have earned the WaterSense label have been certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient without sacrificing performance.

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U.S. EPA Climate Change: Water Resources Impacts & Adaptation

The U.S. EPA offers information on the impacts of climate change on water resources and examples of agencies strategies for adapting water resources for climate change.

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U.S. Geological Survey California Water Science Center

The USGS California Water Science Center brings many capabilities and tools to the understanding, management and protection of California’s water and other natural resources.

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