MONTEREY, Calif. -

A group known as Public Water Now is one step closer to kicking out Cal Am Water during the June election.

The group needed about 5,000 signatures on its petition to qualify to be on the June ballot. The group is hoping to allow voters to decide on whether or not the regional water project should be privately run by Cal Am or publicly governed.

At a Monterey Peninsula Water Management District meeting Friday, the group said it submitted over 8,000 signatures.

The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, a special public district that partners with Cal Am in the regional water project, told Central Coast News Friday morning it doesn't have an opinion on whether the project should be public or private.

The district says there is no doubt that if these signatures are valid, the issue of a public or private water project will go before the voters.