In an effort to revolutionize the data infrastructure of California's water management, the CaDC works to automate the collection, analysis, and securely store metered water use from participating agencies. This information will allow for the creation of a more accurate dataset that details how much, when and where water was used by Californian residents.
Agencies, cities, and water retailers can volunteer to be a part of the CaDC and contribute to building a new data infrastructure for water management in California. The CaDC has non-profit status, and the data analytics tools it creates are drawn from open source software. Team ARGO, a collection of civic computational and statistical, were contracted to build, operate and maintain a new water data platform. This platform provides interactive analytics and data to CaDC utility providers and academic partners. Though this underlying data is not shared publicly, the code powering those tools is made open source where possible on the CaDC Github.
The CaDC's goal is to integrate California's water data into a state-wide platform to provide accurate technical analysis to better inform water policy and operational decision making. The project works to support water managers who partner with CaDC with tools and analytics and provide a public service for the people of California. In 2017, on International Open Data day, the CaDC further targeted this goal by hosting a Day of Action by analyzing water rate data of 400 water utility companies in order to standardize the information they publish so it can be more easily scrutinized.