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SB-668 Fire hydrants: water suppliers: regulations.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 09/07/2019 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  September 06, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  April 29, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 668


Introduced by Senator Rubio

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Section 8607.2 of the Government Code, relating to fire suppression.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 668, as amended, Rubio. Fire hydrants: water suppliers: regulations.
Existing law requires a public water system with 10,000 or more service connections to undertake specified actions, including, among other things, to review and revise its disaster preparedness plan to ensure that it is sufficient to address possible disaster scenarios and, following a declared state of emergency, to furnish an assessment of its emergency response within 6 months thereafter and implement related recommendations in a timely manner. Existing law also requires the Office of Emergency Services to establish emergency response and recovery plans in coordination with public water systems.
This bill would instead impose these requirements upon require an urban water supplier, as defined, in statute. to review and revise its emergency response plan as required by federal law. The bill would require the Office of Emergency Services to establish emergency response and recovery plans in coordination with urban water suppliers. The bill would also require an urban water supplier to review and revise its disaster preparedness plan every 5 years. Because the bill would require local agencies to perform additional duties, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8607.2 of the Government Code is amended to read:

8607.2.
 (a) An urban water supplier shall review and revise its disaster preparedness plan emergency response plan as required by Section 1433(b) of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300i-2 et seq.), as it read on January 1, 2019, in conjunction with related agencies, including, but not limited to, local fire departments and the Office of Emergency Services to ensure that the plan is sufficient to address possible disaster scenarios. The plan should examine and review pumping station and distribution facility operations during an emergency, water pressure at both pumping stations and hydrants, and whether there is sufficient water reserve levels and alternative emergency power, including, but not limited to, onsite backup generators and portable generators. An urban water supplier shall review and revise its plans every five years.
(b) In addition to the requirements of subdivision (a), an urban water supplier, following a declared state of emergency, shall furnish an assessment of its emergency response and make related recommendations to the Legislature within six months after each disaster, as well as implement the recommendations in a timely manner.
(c) The Office of Emergency Services shall establish appropriate and insofar as practical, emergency response and recovery plans, including mutual aid plans, in coordination with urban water suppliers.
(d) For purposes of this section, “urban water supplier” has the same meaning as set forth in Section 10617 of the Water Code.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.