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SB-553 Water conservation.(2015-2016)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 553


Introduced by Senator Wolk

February 26, 2015


An act to add Article 6.5 (commencing with Section 14714) to Chapter 2 of Part 5.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to state property.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 553, as introduced, Wolk. Water conservation.
Existing law requires the Department of General Services to provide planning, acquisition, construction, and maintenance of state buildings and property. Existing law requires the department, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, and with the concurrence of the Department of Finance, to identify each public building in the department’s state property inventory where it is feasible for that building to reduce energy consumption and achieve energy efficiencies, as specified, and to retrofit those buildings, as specified.
The Water Conservation in Landscaping Act requires the Department of Water Resources, to the extent funds are appropriated, not later than January 1, 2009, to update a model water efficient landscape ordinance to meet specified requirements. The act requires a local agency, not later than January 1, 2010, to adopt the updated model ordinance or other water efficient landscape ordinance that is at least as effective in conserving water as the updated model ordinance.
This bill would require the Department of General Services to identify each public property in the department’s state property inventory where it is feasible for water consumption to be reduced and water efficiencies to be achieved through implementation of the relevant recommendations made in the model water efficient landscape ordinance and would require the department to implement the relevant recommendations where feasible, except as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature hereby finds and declares:
(a) California is prone to cycles of drought and water shortage.
(b) According to the Department of Water Resources, landscape irrigation represents 43 percent of urban water use.
(c) The state must take a leadership role in implementing water efficient landscape practices.

SEC. 2.

 Article 6.5 (commencing with Section 14714) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 5.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
Article  6.5. State Property Water Use

14714.
 (a) The department shall identify each public property in the department’s state property inventory where it is feasible for water consumption to be reduced and water efficiencies to be achieved through implementation of the relevant recommendations made in the model water efficient landscape ordinance adopted by the Department of Water Resources pursuant to Sections 65595 and 65596. These recommendations shall include, but not be limited to, recommendations regarding the replacement of landscaping with drought tolerant plants.
(b) The department shall implement the relevant recommendations for each public property identified pursuant to subdivision (a) to reduce overall water consumption where feasible, except that work on public property of the California State University shall be subject to the consent of the California State University.
(c) For purposes of this section, “feasible” means capable of being accomplished in a successful manner within a reasonable period of time, taking into account life-cycle cost analyses, and environmental, social, and technological factors.