6151 Freeport Blvd. Sacramento
There are approximately two million people in California on a private well system or connected to a small water system serving less than 15 connections, according to the California State Water Resources Control Board. The Safe Drinking Water Act does not regulate private well systems. And, many well owners do not know how to operate and maintain their well systems to ensure safe drinking water for their families. As a result, many private wells are not maintained and never tested for water quality.
Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s (RCAC) Individual Well Program provides the technical assistance, outreach and education to private well owners and stakeholders to ensure private well owners have safe drinking water. RCAC’s Individual Well Program has provided services and worked with rural communities throughout California and in multiple states, including California, Idaho, Washington, Nevada, Oregon and Arizona.
To successfully engage communities to promote action and become an active participant in source water protection, it is essential to develop a trusting and credible relationship with the community and local stakeholders. During this presentation we will explain how to develop effective partnership with communities and local agencies. We will discuss outreach best practices and how to engage communities using knowledge about their background and barriers that can prevent them from taking action. The lessons learned in outreach are from RCAC’s experience working with different communities, CDC research and other states’ well and source water protection programs.