ACWA Summaries of Long-Term Conservation Bills Now Available

  • by Emilye Reeb
  • May 30, 2018
  • Water News

On May 17, the Senate and Assembly passed long-term conservation bills, AB 1668 by Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and SB 606 by Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), sending them to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. Both of the bills must be signed in order for them to become law. ACWA staff has completed summaries of the final amended language included in the bills, which await the Governor’s signature.

AB 1668

AB 1668 requires the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to adopt water efficiency regulations, outlines reporting requirements for water suppliers, and specifies penalties for violations.

The final version of AB 1668 includes the following key provisions:

  • Establishes water use objectives, standards and reporting requirements for indoor and outdoor residential water use, commercial, industrial, and institutional (CII) landscape areas, water losses, and other unique local uses.
  • Revises the Agricultural Water Management Planning Act to increase the efficiency of agricultural water use.
  • Requires DWR, the State Water Board, and other relevant stakeholders to identify small water suppliers and rural communities that may be at risk of drought and water shortage vulnerability and provide recommendations for drought planning.

SB 606

SB 606 requires the State Water Board and DWR to adopt water efficiency regulations, outlines requirements for urban water suppliers, and specifies penalties for violations. The bill contains distinct provisions on water shortage planning and water loss reporting for urban wholesale water suppliers, and establishes a bonus incentive for potable reuse water.

The final version of SB 606 includes the following key provisions:

  • Establishes urban water use objectives and reporting requirements for urban water suppliers by requiring an urban water supplier to calculate an aggregate urban water use objective.
  • Substantially revises the requirements under the Urban Water Management Planning Act. Specifically, requires urban water suppliers to conduct annual drought risk assessments and to submit an annual report to DWR.
  • Requires the adoption of a water shortage contingency plan, which must include certain elements, annual drought risk assessment procedures, and standard water shortage levels.

While he is expected to sign both bills, Gov. Brown has until June 3, 2018 to take final action.

For questions on these bills, please contact ACWA Senior Legislative Advocate Whitnie Wiley at (916) 441-4545.

 

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