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AB-554 Desalination: statewide goal.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/28/2017 04:00 AM
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Revised  June 20, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 27, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 554


Introduced by Assembly Member Cunningham
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Travis Allen, Harper, Mathis, and Gonzalez Fletcher)
(Coauthors: Senators Bates and Wilk)

February 14, 2017


An act to add Section 12946.5 to the Water Code, relating to water resources.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 554, as amended, Cunningham. Desalination: statewide goal.
Existing law, the Cobey-Porter Saline Water Conversion Law, states the policy of this state that desalination projects developed by or for public water entities be given the same opportunities for state assistance and funding as other water supply and reliability projects, and that desalination be consistent with all applicable environmental protection policies in the state. The law provides that is it the intention of the Legislature that the Department of Water Resources undertake to find economic and efficient methods of desalting saline water so that desalted water may be made available to help meet the growing water requirements of the state.
This bill would establish a goal to desalinate 300,000 acre-feet of drinking water per year by the year 2025 and 500,000 acre-feet of drinking water per year by the year 2030.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The State of California is subject to periodic drought conditions and is currently in the fifth year of the most recent drought.
(b) The competing demands for traditional water resources have demonstrated that new drinking water supply options need to be added to support the California economy and the public health and safety of all Californians.
(c) There is an immediate need for safe, clean, and reliable new drinking water to provide local and regional public water suppliers all available water supply options to meet their local or regional drinking water supply needs.
(d) The Governor’s Water Action Plan encourages the state to maximize local and regional water supply development and calls for the streamlining of the permitting process for desalination and recycling of water.
(e) The policy of the State of California is to reduce its dependence on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
(f) Desalinated water is an important and reliable source for meeting total water demand. Continued and expanded production and distribution of desalinated water for beneficial and permitted uses can improve regional self-reliance by meeting a portion of future increased total drinking water demands.

SEC. 2.

 Section 12946.5 is added to the Water Code, to read:

12946.5.
 This section establishes a statewide goal to desalinate 300,000 acre-feet of drinking water per year by the year 2025 and 500,000 acre-feet of drinking water per year by the year 2030.

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