About PWN

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

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

Our initiative on the November 2018 ballot will ask voters to decide if the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) should pursue a public buyout of Cal Am’s Monterey Peninsula system. If the initiative is passed by the voters, MPWMD must do a feasibility study within 9 months and if it is found feasible and in the public interest, they must proceed to purchase Cal Am’s local assets.

We want a rate structure that is fair, equitable and affordable for all water users served by this system. We invite you to embrace these goals and join us in achieving them.

PWN was responsible for the drafting of ballot initiative, Measure O, which asked for voters to decide if they wanted MPWMD to acquire Cal Am’s assets and make the water service a publicly owned enterprise. Measure O was placed on the June 2014 ballot. Cal Am mounted a $2.5 million dollar campaign against it, but still it was only marginally defeated 55% to 45%. This time we expect to win!

Since then PWN has embarked on a program to educate the community on various water issues facing the Monterey Peninsula. We sponsor free monthly public forums on current water issues.

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