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AB-1529 Drinking water: cross-connection or backflow prevention device inspectors: certification.(2017-2018)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 116812 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

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 (a) Valid and current certifications for cross-connection inspection and testing or backflow prevention device inspection, testing, and maintenance that meet the requirements for competency, as provided in Sections 7583 to 7605, inclusive, of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations, before January 1, 2016, shall be accepted certification tests either until the State Water Resources Control Board promulgates standards pursuant to Section 116407 for certified backflow prevention device testers and cross-connection control specialists, or until January 1, 2020, whichever comes first.
(b) If contractors, building operators, building owners, or property owners are required to employ, contract with, or subcontract with a certified backflow prevention device tester or a certified cross-connection control specialist for devices located on the customer’s side of a public water meter or on the customer’s side of a public water connection, the water supplier shall not refuse to recognize statewide certifications that meet the standards set by the State Water Resources Control Board. The customer’s side of a public water connection shall include any devices, piping, or equipment for which the customer is responsible for testing, maintenance, or repair costs.
(c) Nothing in this section prohibits an agency, water supplier, or regulated public utility from rejecting the adequacy of a specific cross-connection or backflow prevention device inspection, test, or maintenance activity for reasons other than the identity of the certification provider.
SEC. 2.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.