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Water Code - WAT

DIVISION 16. COUNTY WATERWORKS DISTRICTS [55000 - 55991]

  ( Division 16 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155. )

PART 3. POWERS AND PURPOSES [55300 - 55408]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155. )

CHAPTER 2. General Powers [55330 - 55339]
  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155. )

55330.
  

A district may provide for the supplying of the inhabitants of the district with water for irrigation, domestic, industrial, or fire protection purposes, through facilities of the district or other facilities, including but not limited to facilities of private water companies, mutual water companies, and private water systems within the district, and may provide for the development and conservation of water supplies for those purposes.

(Amended by Stats. 1959, Ch. 681.)

55331.
  

The district may do all things necessary or proper to accomplish the purposes of this division.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155.)

55332.
  

The district may appoint or employ and prescribe the authorities and duties of a general manager, auditor, treasurer, and other officers, employees, attorneys, and engineers necessary or convenient for the business of the district, each of whom shall serve at the pleasure of the board.

(Amended by Stats. 1971, Ch. 674.)

55333.
  

The district may adopt and enforce all rules, regulations and ordinances which may be necessary and proper for:

(a) The administration and government of the district.

(b) The acquisition, purchase or construction and use and operation of the waterworks, property and other facilities of the district.

(c) All other purposes of the district not in conflict with laws of this State.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 2393.)

55333.5.
  

A district may destroy a record pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 60200) of Division 1 of Title 6 of the Government Code.

(Added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 158, Sec. 42. Effective January 1, 2006.)

55334.
  

Any violation of a regulation or ordinance of a district is a misdemeanor punishable by fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), or imprisonment not to exceed six months, or both.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1092, Sec. 415. Effective September 27, 1983. Operative January 1, 1984, by Sec. 427 of Ch. 1092.)

55335.
  

A district may acquire and conserve water supplies from any available source, including underground water basins within the same county, imported supplies, streams, waste water and storm water.

A district may acquire, purify, treat and reclaim saline water or sewage or both; may store, distribute, and sell the water and byproducts resulting from such purification, treatment and reclamation; and may acquire, construct and maintain pipelines, flumes, ditches, reservoirs, sewage purification plants, sewage collection systems, saline water demineralization plants, and such other works and facilities as are necessary or convenient to carry out these powers.

(Added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 681.)

55335.5.
  

A district may construct, maintain, and operate sewage collection and treatment facilities and dispose of the effluent therefrom in any lawful manner and also do all things necessary or proper to accomplish such powers.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 394.)

55336.
  

Subject to Section 56133 of the Government Code, a district may sell water to any person, firm, public or private corporation, public agency, or other consumer outside the district when the governing body finds that the district has a surplus of water above that which is required by the consumers within the district. Additionally, a district may sell water to any person, firm, public or private corporation, public agency, or other consumer outside the district when the governing body finds that the sale of the water is required in response to an emergency as defined in Section 1102 of the Public Contract Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 90.1. (SB 113) Effective January 1, 2010.)

55337.
  

A district may construct, maintain, improve, and operate recreational facilities in connection with any dams, reservoirs, or other works owned or controlled by the district. A district may prescribe reasonable rules and regulations to govern the use of the recreational facilities and may fix and assess reasonable charges for the use of the recreational facilities by members of the public. Revenues from such charges may be expended for the following purposes:

(a) To pay the operating and maintenance expenses of the recreational facilities.

(b) To pay the interest on any bonded or other debt for the recreational facilities.

(c) To provide a sinking or other fund for the payment of the principal of any bonded or other debt for the recreational facilities as it becomes due.

(d) To provide a reasonable surplus for improvements, extensions, and enlargements of the recreational facilities.

This section shall be applicable only to districts located within Ventura County.

(Added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 138.)

55338.
  

(a) The Department of Corrections and the Los Angeles County Waterworks District No. 4 shall enter into a contract for the district to meet the operational needs of the California State Prison—Los Angeles County for water, to be supplied to the district by the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency.

(b) The Department of Corrections shall use the water supplied to it by the Los Angeles County Waterworks District No. 4 pursuant to subdivision (a) as its primary source of water and shall use the Antelope Valley groundwater basin only as a supplementary source of drinking water or as an emergency backup supply.

(c) Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources Code does not apply to any action undertaken pursuant to subdivision (a) or (b).

(Added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 1117, Sec. 1. Effective October 14, 1991.)

55339.
  

A district may contract with any state agency to finance any district improvement if the term of the contract does not exceed 30 years. A contract between the district and a state agency that creates an indebtedness or liability that exceeds the district’s annual revenue shall be repaid with revenue derived from the imposition of standby charges pursuant to Section 55501.5.

(Added by Stats. 2000, Ch. 722, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2001.)

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