About PWN

Public Water Now is a community-based organization made up of citizens like you. We are committed to achieving the lowest cost, sustainable water supply for the Monterey Peninsula through public ownership. We are a 501(c) (4) non-profit.

We research local water issues to provide the public with an understanding of the impact that water ownership, as well as water projects and policies have on our community. We present our research through pubic presentations and the media. We sponsor a monthly educational water forum for the public.

Our goal is the public ownership of our water supply, any future desalination facilities, and the distribution system currently owned by California American Water, a private corporation.

According to Food & Water Watch, the Monterey Peninsula now has the most expensive water in the country. Our water has been privately owned for over 100 years. California American Water has been the owner since 1966. We are the poster child for the negative consequences of the privatization of public water supplies.
 
The Public Water Now ballot initiative has qualified for the November 2018 ballot. The initiative asks voters to look at the option of public ownership for the Peninsula. If passed, the initiative would require the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) to proceed with a feasibility study. If a public buyout is found to be feasible and in the public interest, MPWMD would proceed with a buyout of Cal Am’s local assets.

PWN was responsible for a similar initiative, Measure O, on the June 2014 ballot. Measure O lost by a margin of 55% to 45% after Cal Am mounted a $2.5 million disinformation campaign against it. This time PWN is making sure voters are more educated on the issue of public ownership.

Public Water Now wants a sustainable water supply and a rate structure that is fair and affordable for all water users on the Peninsula.

Mission

Public Water Now is a community-based organization committed to achieving the lowest cost, sustainable water supply for the Monterey Peninsula through public ownership.

Goals

1. Public ownership of the water supply and distribution system on the Monterey Peninsula
2. Oppose excessive costs imposed on ratepayers by Cal Am’s monopoly ownership
3. Educate the community on water-related issues and PWN's goals
4. Advocate to public officials on water-related issues that impact Cal Am ratepayers

Priorities

1. Passing our ballot initiative in November 2018
2. Help elect public officials that support public ownership of our water system
3. Oppose Cal Am proposals that transfer certain corporate costs and fines onto ratepayers
4. Promote lower cost desal through competition