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AB-2049 Drinking water: point-of-entry and point-of-use treatment systems.(2013-2014)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2049


Introduced by Assembly Member Dahle

February 20, 2014


An act to amend Section 116380 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to drinking water.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2049, as introduced, Dahle. Drinking water: point-of-entry and point-of-use treatment systems.
Existing law, the California Safe Drinking Water Act, imposes on the State Department of Public Health various responsibilities and duties relating to providing a dependable, safe supply of drinking water. Existing law requires the department to adopt regulations to implement the California Safe Drinking Water Act, and to enforce provisions of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, including requirements governing the use of point-of-entry and point-of-use treatment in lieu of centralized treatment where it can be demonstrated that centralized treatment is not immediately economically feasible. Existing law limits the use of these alternate treatment methods to water systems with less than 200 service connections.
This bill would, instead, limit the use of point-of-entry and point-of-use treatment to water systems with less than 500 service connections.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 116380 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

116380.
 (a) In addition to the requirements set forth in Section 116375, the regulations adopted by the department pursuant to Section 116375 shall include requirements governing the use of point-of-entry and point-of-use treatment by public water systems in lieu of centralized treatment where it can be demonstrated that centralized treatment is not immediately economically feasible, limited to the following:
(1) Water systems with less than 200 500 service connections.
(2) Usage allowed under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and its implementing regulations and guidance.
(3) Water systems that have submitted preapplications with the State Department of Public Health for funding to correct the violations for which the point-of-entry and point-of-use treatment is provided.
(b) The department shall adopt emergency regulations governing the permitted use of point-of-entry and point-of-use treatment by public water systems in lieu of centralized treatment.
(1) The emergency regulations shall comply with Section 116552, and shall comply with all of the requirements set forth in subdivision (a) applicable to nonemergency regulations, but shall not be subject to the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code). The emergency regulations shall take effect when filed with the Secretary of State, and shall be published in the California Code of Regulations.
(2) The emergency regulations adopted pursuant to this subdivision shall remain in effect until the earlier of January 1, 2014, or the effective date of regulations adopted pursuant to subdivision (a).