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Top Tulare water operators gather to discuss water issues. Bottom A small Tulare County water system. Leadership Lets not lose sight of why we are here water water water. Alex Marroquin Board President Orosi PUD Tulare County Regionalization Rural communities like those in northern Tulare County rely on small water systems that often struggle to supply residents with safe affordable water particularly when water becomes contami- nated wells go dry or aging infrastructure needs to be replaced. As California regulates more contaminants and enforces more ground water regulations regional collaboration gives rural communities options to share managerial infrastructure andor treatment costs. In 2015 RCAC staff helped the Cutler East Orosi Monson Orosi Seville Sultana and Yettem communities form the Northern Tulare County Water Alliance opening the door for shared resources and solutions. With RCACs assistance these com- munities are drafting an agreement to form a Joint Powers Agency. Next the group will seek funding for a new surface water treat- ment plant which will provide them with a long-term safe reliable and affordable water source.