California Urban Water Conservation Council

This page is for the California Urban Water Conservation Council, now the California Water Efficiency Partnership (CalWEP). The below information is available as a reference to the former organization.


The California Urban Water Conservation Council was a membership organization dedicated to maximizing urban water conservation throughout California by supporting and integrating innovative technologies and practices; encouraging effective public policies; advancing research, training, and public education; and building on collaborative approaches and partnerships.

A historic Memorandum of Understanding was signed by 120 urban water agencies and environmental groups in December 1991. Since then the Council has grown to over 400 members. Those signing the MOU pledge to develop and implement urban water conservation practices to reduce the demand of urban water supplies.

During its 25-year history, the Council successfully established itself as a collaborative forum within which water agencies and the environmental community work together to advance urban water conservation throughout the state. It is known to be a balanced, fair-minded advocate for water conservation and efficiency as one of the primary sources of California’s present and future water needs. It is respected statewide and nationally by policy makers, water professionals, and environmental organizations.

Council membership was comprised of organizations signatory to the MOU. Signatories are divided into groups. Group 1 is made up of water suppliers, Group 2 members are public advocacy organizations, and Group 3 members are all other interested parties.

Direction for the Council was from a Board of Directors comprised of nine Group 1 members and nine Group 2 members, both with voting privileges, plus four Group 3 and an ad hoc representatives from the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation. Representatives from Group 1 and Group 2 alternate annually in holding the leadership office. A representative from Group 3 acts as Secretary-Treasurer.