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AB-1654 Water conservation.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 07/12/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  July 12, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  July 03, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1654


Introduced by Assembly Member Rubio

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Sections 10621, 10631, 10632, and 10635 of, to add Sections 10613.5 and 10658 to, to add Part 2.56 (commencing with Section 10609) to Division 6 of, and to repeal Section 10631.7 of, the Water Code, relating to water. An act relating to water.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1654, as amended, Rubio. Water shortage: urban water management planning. Water conservation.
Existing law requires the state to achieve a 20% reduction in urban per capita water use in California by December 31, 2020. Existing law requires agricultural water suppliers to prepare and adopt agricultural water management plans with specified components on or before December 31, 2012, and to update those plans on or before December 31, 2015, and on or before December 31 every 5 years thereafter. Existing law sets forth various findings and declarations related to water conservation.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation necessary to help make water conservation a California way of life.

(1)Existing law, the Urban Water Management Planning Act, requires every public and private urban water supplier that directly or indirectly provides water for municipal purposes to prepare and adopt an urban water management plan and to update its plan once every 5 years on or before December 31 in years ending in 5 and zero, except as specified.

This bill would require the update of a plan on or before July 1, in years ending in one and 6. The bill would require each urban retail water supplier to report annually by June 15 to the Department of Water Resources the status of its water supplies for that year and whether the supplies will be adequate to meet projected customer demand, as prescribed. The bill would require the urban retail water supplier to implement the appropriate responses as described in its water shortage contingency analysis if the urban retail water supplier reports that all available water supplies for the applicable water year will not be adequate to meet projected customer demand. The bill would require the urban retail water supplier to continue to implement the mandatory demand reduction measures described in its water shortage contingency analysis until certain conditions have changed to the point that the urban retail water supplier finds that it is able to meet projected customer demand over the next 12 months without continued implementation of the measures. The bill would require an urban retail water supplier to file a certain report with the department by the 15th day of each month during a period that the urban retail water supplier is implementing mandatory demand reduction measures. The bill would require the department to establish an electronic portal through which an urban retail water supplier is required to provide these reports to the department and would require the department to provide the State Water Resources Control Board with access to the reports and data.

(2)The act requires an adopted plan to include certain components, including, among other things, an identification and quantification of the existing and planned sources of water available to the supplier over 5-year increments, a description of the reliability of the water supply and vulnerability to seasonal or climatic shortage for an average water year, single-dry water year, and multiple-dry water years, and quantification of distribution system water loss for each of the 5 years preceding the plan update.

This bill would add to the requirements of a plan a description of how an emergency supply has been established to increase water supply reliability during times of shortage and how the supply is in addition to the supplies that the agency draws upon during nonshortage times, if an emergency supply, as defined, is identified as an existing or planned source of water available to the urban retail water supplier. The bill would require a description of the reliability and vulnerability for 5 consecutive years consisting of a repeat of the 5 consecutive historic driest years experienced by the urban retail water supplier, except as provided, rather than multiple-dry water years. The bill would specify that distribution system water loss to be included in the plan is potable distribution system water loss. The bill would specify that potable reuse, recycled water, and desalination are considered fully reliable.

(3)The act requires the department, in consultation with the California Urban Water Conservation Council, to convene an independent technical panel to provide information and recommendations to the department and the Legislature on new demand management measures, technologies, and approaches. The act requires the panel to report to the Legislature no later than January 1, 2010, and every 5 years thereafter, and requires the department to review the report and include in the final report to the Legislature recommendations and comments. The act deems an urban water supplier that is a member of the council and in compliance with the provisions of a certain memorandum to be in compliance with certain requirements relating to including water demand management measures in a plan.

This bill would delete these provisions.

(4)The act requires that the plan provide an urban water shortage contingency analysis that includes certain elements, including an estimate of the minimum water supply available during each of the following 3 water years based on the driest 3-year historic sequence for the agency’s water supply.

This bill would revise the elements included within an analysis.

(5)The California Constitution declares the policy that the water resources of the state be put to beneficial use to the fullest extent of which they are capable, that the waste or unreasonable use or unreasonable method of use of water be prevented, and that the conservation of such waters is to be exercised with a view to the reasonable and beneficial use of the waters in the interest of the people and for the public welfare. Existing law requires the department and the board to take all appropriate proceedings or actions to prevent waste, unreasonable use, unreasonable method of use, or unreasonable method of diversion of water in this state.

This bill would prohibit an urban water supplier, during a statewide drought, local drought, or water shortage, from being required to reduce its use or reliance on any water supply available for its use and identified in its plan or from being required to take additional actions beyond those specified in its water shortage contingency analysis for the level of water shortage, as specified.

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

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


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation necessary to help make water conservation a California way of life.