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SSJID joins celebration of state water groups centennial anniversary
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The South San Joaquin Irrigation District is joining the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) to celebrate the association’s centennial anniversary by highlighting the importance of local water supply projects to the state’s development.

As part of that celebration, ACWA t\unveiled a permanent addition to the water policy exhibit at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in Sacramento.  The museum additions include historic photographs of the signings of major water legislation and colorful plaques describing ACWA’s contributions to California’s development over the last century.

Throughout the year, SSJID will participate in other opportunities to educate customers on how local and statewide water projects have shaped California, particularly in the last 100 years. From agriculture to urban cities to industrial uses and everything in-between, the availability of high quality water has allowed California to flourish into one of the most prosperous economies in the world.

For a century, ACWA has been a guiding force in California water policy and continues to help shape the laws, policy and regulations that affect the state’s urban and agricultural water users. Now the largest coalition of public water agencies in the country, the association was established in 1910 when a group of five irrigation districts came together to create one voice and lay the groundwork for developing California’s water supply and delivery system. Their work would be reflected over the next 100 years in scores of local, regional and statewide water projects that together have allowed California to grow and prosper.  Along with SSJID, the other founding members are Alta, Modesto, Oakdale and Turlock irrigation districts.

As the association grew, so did the diversity of its members, and ACWA began representing members on broad range of issues affecting their agencies and customers. From water quality to conservation to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, representing and providing key services to members has been ACWA’s most important charge. The association, now representing 450 public water agency members which facilitate 90 percent of the water delivered in the state, is on the front lines in Sacramento and in Washington, D.C. as a constant and respected advocate for California’s public water agencies.

The theme for ACWA’s 100th anniversary celebration is “A Century of Leadership, Vision for the Future.” SSJID celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009 with the theme of “The Power of Water:  Celebrating a Century of Service.”