Community Water Center

CWC seeks to ensure that all communities have access to safe, clean and affordable water. 

Our mission is to create community-driven water solutions through organizing, education and advocacy in California’s San Joaquin Valley. 

CWC works to create community-driven solutions to San Joaquin Valley’s drinking water crisis.

  • We work with residents, local water providers, and government agencies to secure funding for water system upgrades needed to ensure safe drinking water, such as new well construction and new distribution systems.

  • Wherever possible, we work with local and regional agencies, organizations, and communities to connect small systems without safe drinking water to larger, nearby systems with more reliable and affordable sources.

  • We work at the regional and statewide level to ensure the creation of policies that protect the source of drinking water for communities in San Joaquin Valley, such as better groundwater monitoring and more strict regulations on dairy waste disposal and chemical application by irrigated agriculture.

  • We work at the state and federal level to increase the amount of grants available to small, low-income water systems, through funding sources such as the State Water Revolving Fund or the California-wide Proposition 84.

  • We work with local and regional water agencies to ensure that community drinking water needs are addressed through planning documents and that communities have a voice in local and regional water planning.

  • We educate local community residents and community-based groups in communities without safe drinking water on what they can do to keep their family safe in the short term. We support residents volunteering to serve on local water boards to help build local leadership capacity to oversee community water systems, comply with laws, and communicate effectively with local residents.

Contact Community Water Center

Laurel Firestone
Co-Executive Director
311 W. Murray Ave.
Visalia, California  93291
Phone: 559-733-0219


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Fresno County, California
  • Kern County, California
  • Kings County, California
  • Madera County, California
  • Merced County, California
  • San Luis Obispo County, California
  • Stanislaus County, California
  • Tulare County, California

Office Locaters

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