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California Assembly Introduces New Report, Legislation to Bolster Water Recycling

Date: April 14, 2016

California Assemblyman Rich Gordon recently introduced one bill to promote potable recycled water and another to encourage stormwater capture in response to the findings of the new report, New Sources for California’s Water Supply, produced by the Assembly Select Committee on Water Consumption and Alternative Sources.

“California’s future will have hotter, more intense droughts in this changing climate. Our response to this new normal must change too,” said Assemblyman Gordon, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Water Consumption and Alternative Sources, which, over the past year, convened a series of expert meetings on the topic. “Our statewide water system is built around the Sierra snowpack, and as more of our water comes down as rain rather than snow, we have to adapt and invest to ensure our water security.”

Among the committee’s findings, the new report recommends:

  • Educating the public about the benefits of recycled water, including direct potable reused water
  • Developing new financing and incentives from the state to encourage stormwater capture/reclamation projects
  • Developing new financing and incentives from the state for water innovation research (modeled on programs that boosted solar innovation)
  • Favoring Proposition 1 projects that reduce greenhouse gases, improve storage capacity in a warm climate, and are not at risk of sea level rise

In response to the study, Assemblyman Gordon introduced two alternative water source bills.

AB 2022 allows water agencies to bottle their potable reused water and distribute small amounts for free for educational purposes. Under current law, consumers must visit a water recycling facility in person to taste this clean, safe reused water that is often more pure than regular tap water.

AB 2594 allows a public entity that captures stormwater, in accordance with a stormwater resource plan, before the water reaches a natural channel, to use the captured water.

 

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