The Onsite water industry is comprised of several technologies which are often fragmented, misunderstood and underrepresented. COWA aims to bring these sectors together and represent them at the grass roots, municipal and legislative levels.
The New COWA is building bridges, forming alliances, and heralding a common message. This outreach is being accomplished chiefly through The COWA Coalition. This Coalition is made up of representatives from COWA and our partner organizations as well as advisers from technology, government, academia, and more.
We envision a coalition of diverse stakeholders involved with on-site water use that has a unified message to California about the benefits of sustainable water management.
This coalition will strengthen and amplify our message and garner statewide support for increased on-site reuse, with the outcomes of: water security, diverse water portfolios for increased resiliency, protecting watersheds, and reducing energy consumption in the water sector.
Our mission is to bring the on-site water community together for information sharing, messaging, support, and education, and to organize the annual Localizing California Waters conference.
At the 2017 conference we identified these goals as our priorities:
- Job training and certification programs
- Rebates, incentives, funding, exemptions to fees for small and low-risk systems
- Standardized guidelines across local government, especially for public health
- Messaging, education, and demonstration projects