The following organizations are involved in the process of purchasing
the Felton water district or has been involved in the movement to
challenge privitization of publicly-owned water utilities.
Public Utility Commission (CPUC)
The CPUC is the state agency that regulates privately-owned
water companies. The agency is responsible for assuring California
utility customers have safe and reliable utility services, protecting
utility customers from fraud and promoting the health of California
of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA)
The Office of Ratepayer Advocates is part of the CPUC and represents
the interests of all public utility customers in CPUC proceedings
to ensure the lowest possible rate for utilities like water and
power. The ORA has come out in support of allowing Felton residents
to buy the water district from Cal-Am.
San Lorenzo Valley Water District
The SLVWD serves more than 5700 metered connections. Established
in 1941 the District supplies water to the communities of Boulder
Creek, Brookdale, Ben Lomond, Zayante and Scotts Valley. If the
bond measure is approved, Felton's water system would become part
of the San Lorezno Valley Water District.
The Local Agency Formation Commission regulates the boundaries
of cities and special districts. LAFCO will
help establish the Felton water district boundaries.
Ojai FLOW is working to acquire its water system from Golden State Water.
Bluegrass FLOW is a citizen's group in Lexington that is working
to buy back that city's water system from Kentucky American, a sister
company to Cal-Am and a subsidiary of the German-based RWE Akteingesellschaft
corporation.RWE and Kentucky American spent an estimated $3 million
fighting citizen efforts to establish local ownership of the water
Monterey FLOW Coalition
The Monterey FLOW Coalition is an organization of citizens, environmentalists, business and civic leaders who are working toward public acquisition of their water system from Cal-Am.
LucerneFLOW, Lake County, California
Lucerne FLOW (Friends of Locally Owned Water) is investigating alternatives to corporate control of water, including forming a special district, and is working closely with Lucerne Commuity Water Organization (LCWO), an association formed to intervene in California Water Service Company's recent application to the California Public Utilities Commission for a 273 percent rate increase over three years.
Coalition of Stockton
CCCOS is a coalition of citizens and groups working to regain
local ownership of their water utility from OMI-Thames, a Great
Britain-based subsidiary of RWE Akteingesellschaft corporation,
which also owns Cal-Am.
and Sanitary District
Montara residents purchased their water system from Cal-Am and got
off the roller coaster of rate increases. You can check out the
great work they've been doing since then at their website.
RWE Aktiengesellschaft is the third largest for-profit water provider
in the world. The corporation acquired American Water Works in 2002,
which includes the Felton water district. The corporation reports
annual sales of $60
info from Tod Landis.
This site has wonderful links and a good history of the Felton water