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Open water rate spectactular

  • 418 Bamboo Lane, Suite A Los Angeles, CA 90012 (map)

How much did Californians pay last month for water? Do consumer prices vary by ethnicity, income, or location? 

To help answer these questions and more, please join CaDC’s as we celebrate International Open Data Day. Our goal is to increase the portion of California’s water agencies represented in CaDC’s Open Water Rate Specification (OWRS). With OWRS, CaDC aims to standardize each of the state’s retail water rates and make them accessible in a common, machine-readable data format. With these data, we may better understand water use in California and enable regional water agencies to prepare for an uncertain future.

Participants in CaDC’s International Open Data Day will contribute to the project by documenting water prices from agencies across the state. Many of these prices are reported in PDFs rather than in machine-readable files. With your help, we can turn these PDFs into interoperable machine-readable data. CaDC staff will offer training to any participants new to GitHub and data serialization.

OWRS has been prototyped and piloted by member agencies within the CaDC coalition. You can see the latest work on our open source GitHub repository here: https://github.com/California-Data-Collaborative/Open-Water-Rate-Specification. OWRS is ready to be implemented with more utilities, increasing the transparency of water rates and improving CaDC open source analytics, which support effective water management. 

  • 9:30am - Doors
  • 10:00 - Kickoff, Overview of CaDC's work and Water Data Rates
  • 11:00 - Create OWRS files!

Please register here to participate.  

Many thanks to RDN consulting for sponsoring this event and providing delicious lunch for all participants! 

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