January 8, 2019

In This Issue

Upcoming Events

Happy New Year! A Message from Mary Ann Dickinson

Dear Colleagues, 

2018 was a very big year for CalWEP. We launched as a shiny new organization, unveiled an ambitious strategic plan, hosted several of our most well attended events, and conducted an extensive listening tour to hear from our members and partners. All this work has positioned us for an exciting 2019.

This year, we're keeping the momentum by launching critical initiatives to help members comply with new state regulations, organizing even more learning and networking opportunities, unveiling a brand new website and will be continuing to grow our partnerships with businesses and community based organizations to expand our reach and increase our ability to spark collaboration across the state.

As you may have heard by now, my tenure as Executive Director is coming to a close here in California. I will soon be transitioning back to full time as CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE). Because of CalWEP's new partnership with the Alliance, I'll remain very involved in all our work but we feel it's time for CalWEP to have a full-time, permanent ED in place. Please see below for a link to the job description and send any candidates our way.

Finally, for new and returning members, please watch your mailboxes for 2019 membership invoices over the next couple of weeks! We are mailing these out and appreciate your attention to them. For prospective members, we would love to have you join us. Please reach out to schedule an exploratory conversation to hear about all that CalWEP and AWE can offer your organization.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019! 

Mary Ann Dickinson, Executive Director
California Water Efficiency Partnership

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CalWEP to hire new Executive Director in 2019

After two years serving double duty as both the Alliance for Water Efficiency's President and CEO and CalWEP's Executive Director, Mary Ann Dickinson will be stepping down from her role with CalWEP and returning to full time work with the Alliance. Mary Ann has been instrumental in shepherding CalWEP through the past two years of transition and strategic planning. Of course, because CalWEP is now a chapter of AWE, she will remain closely involved in the organization's future. 

CalWEP is now beginning its search for a permanent Executive Director to join a committed and ambitious staff working to support our members and advance water conservation and efficiency across the state of California. The full job description can be downloaded here.

Are you or do you know someone interested in applying? Please let us know! Email Sarah Foley with suggestions, recommendations or referrals. Application will be accepted through February 1, 2019.
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Webinar: CalWEP's Listening Tour and What's in Store for 2019

: February 7, 2019
Time: 11 a.m. PST
Duration: 60 minutes
Speakers: Greg Bundesen, Board Chair
Mary Ann Dickinson, Executive Director
Tia Lebherz, Director of Outreach & Special Projects
Cost: Free

Last year, over 175 members and partners participated in an extensive Listening Tour to help shape the future of CalWEP's work. We're excited to announce our key takeaways and findings and present what CalWEP has in store for 2019 and beyond. This webinar will highlight facts, figures and quotes from interviews, surveys and discussion boards and will give members (and prospective members!) a better understanding of where we are headed as we work to increase our impact and be of service to our membership. 

Click here to Register

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Pass the Hat Funding Opportunity: Framework Compliance Tools 

To help our member agencies comply with the new water conservation laws, CalWEP is actively seeking contributions towards the development of two new tools: The first tool would be used to determine compliance with new State Urban Water Use Standards. The second would be used to attain or ensure compliance through planned design of intentional WUE programs. 

A full proposal for these tools can be downloaded here. If you think your agency might be willing to chip in to help fund this project, please contact Mary Ann Dickinson at
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Peer to Peer 2019: We're Going to Disneyland!

May 15-16, 2019, CalWEP will host its fourth annual Peer to Peer event in Anaheim at Disneyland's Paradise Pier Hotel. Look out for more information and a draft agenda coming soon!
Registration will be $250 for CalWEP/AWE members, and $450 for prospective members (with a $200 credit towards your annual dues if you join within 30 days of the event!)

We are actively seeking sponsors for this year's events. This is a great opportunity for agencies, businesses and organizations to support the Partnership and gain exposure to the CalWEP community. Download our Sponsorship Flier for levels and benefits. Questions? Contact
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Congratulations Lisa Cuellar and the Water Leaders Class of 2018

CalWEP would like to congratulate staff member, Lisa Cuellar, for her recent graduation from the Water Education Foundation’s William R. Gianelli Water Leader Class at the end of November. The competitive, one-year program is geared toward early to mid-career up-and-coming community leaders across California and various stakeholder groups. The program deepens knowledge on water, enhances individual leadership skills and prepares class members to take an active, cooperative approach to decision-making about water resource issues.

Collectively, the 2018 class prepared a comprehensive report addressing improved water management through the use of “big data”, as well as policy recommendations focused on the successful implementation of AB 1755 (known as the Open and Transparent Water Data Act).  The report can be accessed here

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Upcoming Events


Save the Date for CalWEP's 2019 Plenary Meetings:


March 14, 2019 | Oceanside, CA - Register Now
May 15-16, 2019 | Peer to Peer, Anaheim, CA
September 11, 2019 | U.C. Davis
December 11, 2019 | Santa Barbara, CA
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AWE Webinar:  What the Future Holds for Indoor Household Water Efficiency 

Date: January 9, 2019 
Time: 9 a.m. PST | 10 a.m. MST | 11 a.m. CST | Noon EST
Duration: 60 minutes
Speaker: Ron Voglewede, Global Sustainability Director, Whirlpool Corporation
Cost: Free to CalWEP/AWE members, $40 for non-members

This presentation will discuss significant gains in the water efficiency of the latest technological advances in the indoor residential appliances. Also, the webinar will discuss what the connected and interconnected energy and water consumption looks like in the future of homes, with examples from the worlds’ first retrofitted net zero energy water and waste live-in research home, the ReNEWW House. Presented to high acclaim in various parts of the country, this presentation will be offered in a webinar for the first time for our AWE members.

Click here to Register

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Public Stakeholder Workgroup Meeting #4:
Performance Standards for Water Loss Control

Senate Bill 555 (2015) requires the State Water Resources Control Board to develop performance standards for volume of water loss for urban retail water suppliers between January 2019 and July 2020.

The State Water Board has been conducting a series of stakeholder meetings. These stakeholder workgroup meetings are open to the public. The fourth stakeholder workgroup meetings will outline the framework for the proposed performance standards for water loss.
These meetings will be conducted in Sacramento and Chino to allow for additional attendance and reduce travel burdens. In addition, the meetings will be webcast. The agenda and any content presented by the State Water Board will be the same for both meetings. The agenda will be shared through a formal notice in the coming weeks. The details for the two meetings are as follows:
Northern California
Date: February 1, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3:30 pm
Location: California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, Sacramento
Southern California
Date: February 4, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3:30 pm
Location: Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Chino

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