A Hard-Fought Win for Public Water on California’s Monterey Peninsula

The grassroots Public Water Now won a decisive victory in its years-long struggle for public control of Monterey’s water system.

11.20.18 – Voters in Monterey County, California, went to the polls on November 6th and jump-started a public takeover of their water system from California-American Water (Cal Am), a subsidiary of the nation’s largest private water corporation.

Measure J, which passed by 56 percent to 44 percent, authorizes the local water district to study the feasibility of public ownership, and if practical, to purchase the water system from Cal Am. Voters gave the water district a clear mandate to pursue public ownership of their water system.

“Our water is the foundation of our community,” said George Riley, the director of Public Water Now. “It’s far too important to be controlled by a private corporation for profit.”

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