NWRA State Member


Association of California Water Agencies

Dave Eggerton, Executive Director

910 K Street, Suite 100

Sacramento, CA 95814

916.441.4545 - CA office

202.434.4760 - DC office

ACWA was formed in 1910 when five irrigation districts came together to address common needs.  First known as the Irrigation District Association (IDA), members voted in 1973 to rename the group the Association of California Water Agencies to better reflect its changing role in California. Today, ACWA’s mission is to assist its members in promoting the development, management and reasonable beneficial use of good quality water at the lowest practical cost in an environmentally balanced manner.

ACWA is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country.  A leader on California water issues and a respected voice for its members in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C., ACWA celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2010.  For more than a century, the association has been a guiding force in California water policy and continues to help shape the laws and regulations that affect the state’s water agencies and their customers.

ACWA’s 440 public agency members are responsible for 90% of the water delivered to communities, farms and businesses in California.  Together, they play an active role in managing the state’s water resources and promoting investments in safe drinking water, water use efficiency, water recycling, above-and below-ground water storage and other strategies to meet California’s water needs.

Legislative issues are the centerpiece of ACWA’s agenda and true to its mission ACWA engages on an array of legislative and regulatory issues to advocate on behalf of its members and to promote a more reliable and sustainable waster system.

Current priorities include the California Drought, storage, water marketing, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, forest management, the Federal Endangered Species Act, Safe Drinking Water and Water Resources Development Act.