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AB-19 Building standards: water meters: multiunit structures. (2011-2012)

As Amends the Law Today


 Chapter 8.5 (commencing with Section 537) is added to Division 1 of the Water Code, to read:

CHAPTER  8.5. Multiunit Structures
 (a) The following definitions govern the construction of this chapter:
(1) “Meter” has the same meaning as “water meter” in Section 516.
(2) “Water purveyor” has the same meaning as “water purveyor” in Section 512.
(3) “Water service” includes any charges for other services, including, but not limited to, sewage or stormwater services, that are based on charges for water service.
(b) Structures in all of the following categories shall be exempt from this chapter:
(1) Low-income housing. For purposes of this paragraph, “low-income housing” means a residential building financed with low-income housing tax credits, tax-exempt mortgage revenue bonds, general obligation bonds, or local, state, or federal loans or grants, for which the rents of the occupants in lower income households, as defined in Section 50079.5 of the Health and Safety Code, do not exceed rents prescribed by deed restrictions or regulatory agreements pursuant to the terms of the financing or financial assistance, and for which not less than 25 percent of the dwelling units within the building are designated for occupancy by lower income households, as defined in Section 50079.5 of the Health and Safety Code.
(2) Student dormitories.
(3) Long-term health care facilities, as defined in Section 1418 of the Health and Safety Code.
(4) Time-share property, as defined in subdivision (aa) of Section 11212 of the Business and Professions Code.
 Each water purveyor that sells, leases, rents, furnishes, or delivers water service to a newly constructed multiunit residential structure or newly constructed mixed-use residential and commercial structure that is part of a common interest development for which an application for a water connection, or more than one connection, is submitted after January 1, 2014, shall require the installation of a water meter to measure water supplied to each individual dwelling unit as a condition of new water service.
 It is the intent of the Legislature that this chapter should not be construed to impose costs on any local government agency, except to the extent that the local government agency is a water purveyor.