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AB-2509 Drinking water: consolidation.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/19/2020 09:00 PM


Assembly Bill
No. 2509

Introduced by Assembly Member Mathis

February 19, 2020

An act to amend Section 116680 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to drinking water.


AB 2509, as introduced, Mathis. Drinking water: consolidation.
Existing law, the California Safe Drinking Water Act, provides for the operation of public water systems and imposes on the State Water Resources Control Board various responsibilities and duties. The act authorizes the state board to order consolidation with, or extension of service from, a receiving water system if a public water system or state small water system serving a disadvantaged community consistently fails to provide an adequate supply of safe drinking water or if a disadvantaged community is substantially reliant on domestic wells that consistently fail to provide an adequate supply of safe drinking water. Existing law makes related findings and declarations.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those findings and declarations.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


 Section 116680 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

 The Legislature finds and declares as follows: all of the following:
(a) It is the policy of the state to encourage orderly growth and development, which are essential to the social, fiscal, and economic well-being of the state. The Legislature recognizes that the logical formation, consolidation, and operation of water systems is an important factor in promoting orderly development and in balancing that development against sometimes competing state interests of discouraging urban sprawl, preserving open space and prime agricultural lands, and efficiently extending other government services. Therefore, the policy of the state should be affected by the logical formation, consolidation, and operation of water systems.
(b) The powers set forth in Section 116682 for consolidation of water systems are consistent with the intent of promoting orderly growth.