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AB-1674 Vended water.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2014

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1674


Introduced by Assembly Member Bigelow
(Principal coauthor: Senator Berryhill)

February 12, 2014


An act to amend Section 111070 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to drinking water.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1674, as amended, Bigelow. Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2012. Vended water.
Existing law prescribes various quality and labeling standards for bottled water and vended water, including mineral water, and limits the levels of certain contaminants that may be contained in those water products. Violation of these provisions is a crime. Existing law requires water-vending machines to be designed to reduce or remove turbidity, off-tastes, and odors, to provide disinfection treatment, and to use processes for dissolved solids reduction or removal. Existing law defines “water-vending machine” for those purposes.
This bill would exempt a water-vending machine from the requirements described above if the drinking water vended by the machine derives from a groundwater basin that does not exceed the maximum contaminant levels.

Existing law, the Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2012, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $11,140,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance a safe drinking water and water supply reliability program. Existing law provides for the submission of the bond act to the voters at the November 4, 2014, statewide general election.

This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would amend the Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2012.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 111070 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

111070.
 (a) “Bottled water,” means any water that is placed in a sealed container at a water-bottling plant to be used for drinking, culinary, or other purposes involving a likelihood of the water being ingested by humans. Bottled water shall not include water packaged with the approval of the department for use in a public emergency.
(b) “Vended water” means any water that is dispensed by a water-vending machine, retail water facility, or water from a private water source, or other water as defined in Section 111170 that is not placed by a bottler in sealed containers, and that is dispensed by a water-vending machine, retail water facility, water hauler, or any other person or facility for drinking, culinary, or other purposes involving a likelihood of the water being ingested by humans. “Vended water, water” does not include water from a public water system that has not undergone additional treatment. Water sold without further treatment is not “vended water” and shall be labeled in accordance with Section 111170.
(c) “Water-bottling plant” means any facility in which bottled water is produced.
(d) A “water-vending machine” means a water-connected vending machine designed to dispense drinking water, or purified or other water products. The Unless the drinking water vended by the machine derives from a groundwater basin that does not exceed the maximum contaminant levels, the machines shall be designed to reduce or remove turbidity, off-tastes, and odors and odors, to provide disinfection treatment. Processes for treatment, and to use processes to reduce or remove dissolved solids reduction or removal shall also be used. solids.
(e) (1) “Water hauler, hauler” means any person who hauls water in bulk by any means of transportation if the water is to be used for drinking, culinary, or other purposes involving a likelihood of the water being ingested by humans.

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(2) “In bulk,” as used in this subdivision, means containers having capacities of 250 gallons or greater.
(f) “Retail water facility” means any commercial establishment where vended water is sold, and placed in customer’s containers, or placed in containers sold or given to customers who come to the establishment to obtain water.
(g) “Private water source, source” means a privately owned source of water, other than a public water system, that is used for bottled or vended water and meets the requirements of an approved source for bottled water as defined in Section 129.3 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(h) “Bottled water distributor” means any person, other than an employee or representative of a bottled water plant, who delivers bottled water directly to customers.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would amend the Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2012.