Statements of Support

California League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC): 

“We applaud Fenner Valley Water Authority and Cadiz for its efforts to support communities that are disproportionately impacted by contaminated water in Southern California with the creation of this new $5 million fund.  Clean drinking water is essential for Latino families, communities and businesses to survive and thrive, making this not only an issue of environmental justice, but also of civil rights. This fund will help get much needed investments into water systems serving thousands of Latino families across the region in order to deliver clean water, a fundamental human right.” - Dave Rodriguez, Executive Board Member 


California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce: 

“Lack of access to clean and affordable water impacts many Hispanic-owned and operated businesses across the state so we are pleased to see the creation of this Fund that will help level the playing field by addressing water contamination in some of the hardest-hit communities in Southern California,” - Julian Canete, president and CEO


Southern Christian Leadership Conference:

“Communities of color suffer disproportionately when it comes to water contamination across the country and Southern California is no exception, which is why we support the creation of this new Fund and the impact it will have in helping bring clean, affordable water to where it’s needed most,” - Pastor William D. Smart, Jr., president and CEO


Orange County Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

“Not only will the Clean Water Fund help small water systems better leverage existing public dollars, but – most importantly – they will help ensure more Californians have access to the clean, reliable, affordable drinking water they need and deserve. Public-private partnerships like the one FVWA has developed with Cadiz, Inc. are incredibly powerful tools to help better serve our region’s families and enterprises, and we are pleased that these new dollars will soon be available to help finance desperately needed water quality improvements in our region.” – Rueben Franco, President and CEO,


The Hispanic 100:

“Access to clean, reliable water is a foundational issue for our communities, and leveraging privately funded research, innovation and infrastructure investments to help ensure more Californians have safe, affordable drinking water represents a smart, fiscally responsible step forward. The establishment of the Southern California Clean Water Fund further underscores FVWA and Cadiz, Inc.’s joint commitment to our community, and we applaud their leadership on this important issue.” - Mario Rodriguez, Chairman, Hispanic 100


California Association of Mutual Water Companies:

“Cadiz Inc. has been at the forefront of developing affordable modular technologies for the treatment of chromium-6 and arsenic, that may have benefits for small water systems. We are thus gratified that they would be exploring an expansion of their role with Fenner in this critical arena - especially in Southern California where disadvantaged communities have not been the focus of many resources from the state for safe drinking water.” - Adan Ortega, Executive Director