Important Bulletin

Feb 06, 2017:

On January 31 the City Council voted to proceed with an appeal. More details in the blog.

Judge Fruin ruled against the city.

On November 10, Judge Fruin rendered a tentative decision about Claremont's right to take over the water system by eminent domain which is not in the City's favor. The City council met on November 16 to decide how to address this, and whether to appeal the decision if the tentative decision becomes final.

You can get some information on the current state and the history of the effort at

Claremont and La Verne City Councils have both approved an operations and maintenance agreement for the management of the Claremont water system by La Verne (see blog post for October 16, 2015).

For a short summary of past events and future steps, see the January 5, 2015 blog post titled "City of Claremont Water Acquisition Process".

Go with the FLOW!

Claremont FLOW (Friends of Locally Owned Water) members advocate purchase of our local water system infrastructure from its present owner, Golden State Water Company. Our dedicated volunteers worked hard to pass Measure W on the November 4th ballot which authorized the city to issue revenue bonds to purchase the system. We will post information on this site about the next steps towards the acquisition.

The purchase is endorsed by hundreds of Claremont citizens, as well as by local businesses, the League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area, Sustainable Claremont, the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, the Interfaith Sustainability Council, the Claremont Courier and the Daily Bulletin. You can find information about the various issues under the Answers tab above; you can see what supporters have written under the Press tab.

With local control there will be:

  • better use of local wells and a chance to implement water reclamation programs
  • residents involved in rate setting (not the CPUC)
  • no regional rates that subsidize population growth in distant desert communities
  • safety from having our water system sold to the highest international bidder
  • the opportunity to provide incentives for heavy water users to reduce use
  • no need to make a profit or pay income taxes, no highly paid executives to support
  • transparency in rate setting and local accountability for decisions
  • the ability to plan for the water needs of future generations

The system will be managed in our own best interest! Ownership of the water system has eluded us for decades, but approval of the water bond on November 4th has moved us closer to that goal.

— Marilee Scaff and Freeman Allen, League of Women Voters Water Task Force, Claremont Courier
11/21/2014: Water works
— Marilee Scaff, Claremont Courier
11/21/2014: Next steps with water
— Sue Schenk, Claremont Courier

Council votes to continue the water fight

Matthew Bramlett, Claremont Courier, February 2

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City Council Moves Forward with Appeal Process on Water System

City Manager Update, February 2, 2017

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