What We Do

Here’s What PWN Does for You

We research local water issues in order to provide the public with a deeper understanding of the impact these projects and plans will have on our community. We present our research through pubic presentations and the media.

We put Measure O on the ballot in 2014 in an initiative attempt to force a public buy out of Cal Am. 10,897 people voted in support of Measure O. It was only marginally defeated, 45% to 55%.

In November 2018 voters will have another chance to pass our current initiative which asks 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 sponsor a monthly educational water forum for the public. Past topics have included water rights, the Cease and Desist Order, all three desal proposals (Cal Am, Deep Water and People’s), Pure Water Monterey’s reclaimed water project, Office of Ratepayer Advocates, slant wells, brine discharge, aquifers, and more.

We are represented with intervenor status in three CPUC proceedings.

We have a member on the Mayors Water Authority Technical Advisory Committee. 

We petitioned the CPUC to discontinue Cal Am's aggressive approach to water bill spikes. The CPUC ordered Cal Am not to threaten to shut off water, and to adopt a more customer-friendly approach to bill spikes. 

We petitioned the CPUC for greater transparency, and to disapprove a $1.9 million cost on ratepayers for County debt.  PWN protested secret evidence that was admitted but not reviewed by the CPUC or staff.

We petitioned the CPUC to disapprove a full profit return for demolition of the San Clemente Dam, since it was not a water supply facility.  The CPUC disregarded this appeal, and allowed full profit for the demolition. Cal Am's website continues to show a cost of $49 million, when in fact the CPUC authorized Cal Am to collect $75 million from ratepayers, which will total more than $152 million over 20 years.

We opposed the CPUC decision allowing Cal Am to charge ratepayers $53 million for water they did not use due to conservation in order to make up Cal Am’s lost revenue.

We maintain this website to educate the community on current water issues.