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Water Code - WAT

DIVISION 7. WATER QUALITY [13000 - 16104]

  ( Division 7 repealed and added by Stats. 1969, Ch. 482. )

CHAPTER 16. California Safe Drinking Water Bond Law of 1988 [14000 - 14040]

  ( Chapter 16 added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 2. California Safe Drinking Water Program [14010 - 14029]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. )

14010.
  

The proceeds of bonds issued and sold pursuant to this chapter shall be deposited in the California Safe Drinking Water Fund, which is hereby created.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

14011.
  

(a) Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, an aggregate amount of seventy-five million dollars ($75,000,000) of the moneys in the fund are hereby continuously appropriated and shall be used for the purposes set forth in this section and Section 14029.

(b) The department may enter into contracts with suppliers having authority to construct, operate, and maintain domestic water systems, for loans to suppliers to aid in the construction of projects that will enable the supplier to meet, at a minimum, safe drinking water standards established pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 116275) of Part 12 of Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code.

(c) Any contract entered into pursuant to this section may include provisions as agreed by the parties thereto, and the contract shall include, in substance, all of the following provisions:

(1) An estimate of the reasonable cost of the project.

(2) An agreement by the department to loan to the supplier, during the progress of construction or following completion of construction as agreed by the parties, an amount that equals the portion of construction costs found by the department to be eligible for a state loan.

(3) An agreement by the supplier to repay the state over a period not to exceed 50 years, (A) the amount of the loan, (B) the administrative fee as described in Section 14022, and (C) interest on the principal, that is the amount of the loan plus the administrative fee.

(4) An agreement by the supplier, (A) to proceed expeditiously with, and complete, the project, (B) to commence operation of the project upon completion thereof, and to properly operate and maintain the project in accordance with the applicable provisions of law, (C) to apply for, and make reasonable efforts to secure, federal assistance for the project, (D) to secure approval of the department and of the State Department of Health Services before applying for federal assistance in order to maximize and best utilize the amounts of that assistance available, and (E) to provide for payment of the supplier’s share of the cost of the project, if any.

(d) Bond proceeds may be used for a grant program in accordance with this chapter, with grants provided to suppliers that are political subdivisions of the state that are otherwise unable to meet minimum safe drinking water standards established pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 116275) of Part 12 of Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code. The total amount of grants made pursuant to this chapter shall not exceed twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000).

(e) Notwithstanding any other provision, the proceeds of any bonds authorized to be issued under the California Safe Drinking Water Bond Law of 1976 (Chapter 10.5 (commencing with Section 13850)), the California Safe Drinking Water Bond Law of 1984 (Chapter 10.2 (commencing with Section 13810)), and the California Safe Drinking Water Bond Law of 1986 (Chapter 10.7 (commencing with Section 13895)) that are unissued and uncommitted on the effective date of this chapter, shall be used for loans and grants to suppliers in accordance with the terms, conditions, and purposes of this chapter.

(f) The Treasurer shall determine the interest rate to be paid on loans issued under the Safe Drinking Water Bond Law of 1976 (Chapter 10.5 (commencing with Section 13850)), as required under Section 13867, equal to the average interest rate, computed by the true interest cost method, paid by the state on general obligation bonds sold pursuant to that chapter up to the effective date of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1023, Sec. 449. Effective September 29, 1996. Note: This section was added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, and approved in Prop. 81 on Nov. 8, 1988.)

14012.
  

(a) The department may make state grants to suppliers that are political subdivisions of the state, from moneys in the fund available for that purpose pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 14011, to aid in the construction of projects that will enable the public agency to meet, at a minimum, safe drinking water standards established pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 116275) of Part 12 of Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code. A grant may be made by the department only upon the specific approval of the Legislature.

(b) Any contract for a grant entered into pursuant to this chapter may include provisions as agreed by the parties thereto, and the contract shall include, in substance, all of the following provisions:

(1) An estimate of the reasonable cost of the project.

(2) An agreement by the department to grant to the public agency, during the progress of construction or following completion of construction as agreed by the parties, an amount that equals the portion of construction costs found by the department to be eligible for a state grant.

(3) An agreement by the public agency, (A) to proceed expeditiously with, and complete, the project, (B) to commence operation of the project upon completion thereof, and to properly operate and maintain the project in accordance with the applicable provisions of law, (C) to apply for, and make reasonable efforts to secure, federal assistance for the project, (D) to secure approval of the department and of the State Department of Health Services before applying for federal assistance in order to maximize and best utilize the amounts of that assistance available, and (E) to provide for payment of the public agency’s share of the cost of the project, if any.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1023, Sec. 450. Effective September 29, 1996. Note: This section was added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, and approved in Prop. 81 on Nov. 8, 1988.)

14013.
  

Applications for loans and grants under this chapter shall be made to the department in the form and with the supporting material as prescribed by the department.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

14015.
  

(a) Loans and grants may be made only for projects for domestic water systems. The State Department of Health Services may make reasonable allowance for future water supply needs and may provide for additional capacity when excessive costs would be incurred by later enlargement. The loans and grants may be made for all, or any part, of the cost of constructing, improving, or rehabilitating any system when, in the judgment of the State Department of Health Services, improvement or rehabilitation is necessary to provide pure, wholesome, and potable water in adequate quantity at sufficient pressure for health, cleanliness, and other domestic purposes. The State Department of Health Services shall determine and notify applicants of eligibility of components requested to be included in the proposed project. The department shall use this determination as a basis for disbursing funds. No single public agency shall receive grants pursuant to this chapter totaling more than four hundred thousand dollars ($400,000). Loans may be made to provide for the purchase of a water system or the purchase of watershed lands. No loan to an individual supplier shall exceed the sum of five million dollars ($5,000,000), unless the Legislature by an act raises the limit specified in this section.

(b) Upon receipt of an application for a grant or loan pursuant to this chapter, the department shall propose to the applicant improvements to the applicant’s water development, distribution, and utilization system which will conserve water in a cost-effective manner. These improvements may include, but need not be limited to, leak detection and repair programs, valve repair and replacement, meter calibration and replacement, physical improvements to achieve corrosion control, distribution and installation of water conservation devices and fixtures, and other capital improvements which can be demonstrated to conserve water in a cost-effective manner. The department and applicant may agree to include these capital improvements in the grant or loan. Failure by the applicant to include water conservation capital improvements in the grant or loan application shall not be sufficient cause for the department to refuse to make the grant or loan.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

14016.
  

An application for a grant pursuant to this chapter shall not be approved by the department, unless the State Department of Health Services determines that the public agency is otherwise unable to meet minimum safe drinking water standards established pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 116275) of Part 12 of Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code.

No grant shall be made by the department except upon approval by the State Department of Health Services of project plans submitted by the applicant and upon written approval by the State Department of Health Services that the proposed project is consistent with Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 116275) of Part 12 of Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1023, Sec. 451. Effective September 29, 1996. Note: This section was added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, and approved in Prop. 81 on Nov. 8, 1988.)

14017.
  

First priority for grants shall be granted to public agencies having immediate health related problems, as certified by the State Department of Health Services. Additional high priority shall be granted to projects to correct immediate problems, as opposed to grants for construction of projects to meet future growth needs.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

14018.
  

First priority for loans shall be given to suppliers with the most critical public health problems. Priority for loans shall also be given to suppliers which have a lesser capability to reasonably finance system improvements.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

14019.
  

Preliminary design work, including a cost estimate for the project, shall be completed before a loan or grant is awarded. Operation and maintenance costs shall be the responsibility of the supplier and may not be considered as part of the project cost. Costs for planning and preliminary engineering studies may be reimbursed following the receipt of a loan or grant, subject to approval by the department and the State Department of Health Services.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

14020.
  

No application for a grant may be made pursuant to this chapter unless the public agency has also applied for a loan pursuant to this chapter. A public agency shall be eligible for a grant only to the extent that the department finds that the agency is found unable to repay the full costs of a loan.

If the department has determined that the applicant is unable to repay the full costs of a loan, the applicant may also file for a grant. Upon receipt of a grant application, the department shall determine that portion of the full costs that the applicant is capable of repaying. Grant funds shall only be provided for that portion that the applicant is not capable of repaying.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

14021.
  

Grant funds shall be expended by the public agency within three years of the making of the grant. No grant funds may be expended by the public agency unless the public agency is able to demonstrate to the department, within one year of the making of the grant, supported by an acceptable bid, that the amount to be expended for the project will be within 20 percent of the public agency’s cost estimate for the project.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

14022.
  

For the purpose of administering this chapter, the total expenditures of the department and the State Department of Health Services may not exceed 5 percent of the total amount of the bonds authorized to be issued under this chapter. The department shall establish a reasonable schedule of administrative fees for loans, which fees shall be paid by the supplier pursuant to Section 14011, to reimburse the state for the costs of state administration of this chapter.

Charges incurred by the Attorney General in protecting the state’s interests in the use and repayment of grant and loan funds under this chapter shall be paid from the proceeds of bond sales under this chapter. These charges shall not be paid from funds allocated for administrative purposes, but shall be treated as a program expense not to exceed 1.5 percent of the total amount of the bonds authorized to be sold under this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

14023.
  

Repayment of all or part of the principal, which is the loan plus the administrative fee, may be deferred during a development period not exceeding 10 years within the maximum 50-year repayment period, when, in the department’s judgment, the development period is justified under the circumstances. Interest on the principal shall not be deferred. Repayment of principal which is deferred during a development period may, at the option of the supplier, be paid in annual installments during the remainder of the loan repayment period.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

14024.
  

The department shall establish the interest rate for loans made pursuant to this chapter at 50 percent of the true interest cost to the state of general obligation bonds issued most recently prior to the loan being executed. All loans made pursuant to this chapter shall carry the established interest rate for the calendar year in which the funds are committed to the loan, as of the date of the letter of commitment from the department, and shall remain at that interest rate for the duration of the loan.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

14025.
  

(a) The department, after public notice and hearing and with the concurrence of the State Department of Health Services, shall adopt rules and regulations necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter. The regulations shall include, but not be limited to, criteria and procedures for establishing the eligibility of a supplier.

(b) The department shall adopt rules and regulations that, in its judgment, will most effectively carry out this chapter in the public interest, to the end that the people of California are most efficiently and most economically provided supplies of pure, wholesome, and potable domestic water. The rules and regulations may provide for the denial of funds when the purposes of this chapter may most economically and efficiently be attained by means other than the construction of the proposed project.

(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (a) or any other provision of law, existing rules and regulations adopted by the department pursuant to the California Safe Drinking Water Bond Law of 1984 (Chapter 10.2 (commencing with Section 13810)) which are in effect on the effective date of this chapter, may, at the option of the department, be utilized upon voter approval of this chapter for purposes of implementing this chapter. The department, with the concurrence of the State Department of Health Services, may subsequently revise those rules and regulations pursuant to Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code as necessary to implement provisions of this chapter which differ from Chapter 10.2 (commencing with Section 13810) or Chapter 10.7 (commencing with Section 13895) or for any other reason to carry out the purposes of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

14026.
  

The State Department of Health Services shall notify suppliers that may be eligible for loans pursuant to this chapter of (a) the purposes of this chapter and (b) the rules and regulations adopted by the department.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

14027.
  

(a) The State Department of Health Services, after public notice and hearing and with the advice of the department, shall, from time to time, establish a priority list of projects to be considered for financing.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a) or any other provision of law, the priority list established by the State Department of Health Services pursuant to the California Safe Drinking Water Bond Law of 1986 (Chapter 10.7 (commencing with Section 13895)) in effect on the effective date of this chapter may, at the option of the State Department of Health Services, be utilized upon voter approval of this chapter until the State Department of Health Services adopts a new priority list.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

14028.
  

Not more than twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000) of state loans for projects shall be authorized by the department in a single calendar quarter. No contract shall be approved by the department, unless the department finds that the supplier has the capacity to repay the loan amounts specified in the contract.

At the request of the department, the Public Utilities Commission shall furnish comments concerning the ability of suppliers subject to its jurisdiction to finance the project from other sources and the ability to repay the loan.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

14029.
  

(a) As approved annually by the Legislature in the Budget Act, the department, notwithstanding Section 14022, may expend money repaid to the state pursuant to any contract executed under Section 14011 as necessary for the administration of contracts entered into by the department under this chapter, but those expenditures may not in any year exceed 1.5 percent of the amount repaid to the state in that year. Charges incurred by the Attorney General in protecting the state’s interest in the use and repayment of grant and loan funds under this chapter may be paid by the department from these funds, but those charges may not exceed one-half of 1 percent of the amount repaid to the state in that year. Any of the above sums approved by the Legislature, but unexpended by the department at the end of any year, shall automatically revert to the General Fund.

(b) Except as provided in subdivision (a), all money repaid to the state pursuant to any contract executed under Section 14011 shall be deposited in the General Fund and, when so deposited, shall be applied as a reimbursement to the General Fund on account of principal and interest on bonds issued pursuant to this chapter which has been paid from the General Fund.

(c) The department may enter into contracts with suppliers of water for grants or short-term loans for the purpose of investigating and identifying alternatives for system improvements. Any loans or grants pursuant to this section shall be made from the fund. No supplier may receive for a single investigation more than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) in the form of a loan or grant pursuant to this section. The State Department of Health Services shall review all proposed investigations and shall determine if they are necessary and appropriate.

(d) Any contract entered into pursuant to this section shall include terms and conditions consistent with this chapter, and any loan contract shall provide for a repayment period not to exceed 24 months.

(e) Not more than six million dollars ($6,000,000) may be expended for the purposes of this section, of which not more than two million dollars ($2,000,000) may be used for grants to public agencies. A loan or grant made for the purposes of this section shall not decrease the maximum amount of any other loan or grant which may be made under this chapter, Chapter 10.2 (commencing with Section 13810), Chapter 10.5 (commencing with Section 13850), Chapter 10.6 (commencing with Section 13880), or Chapter 10.7 (commencing with Section 13895).

(Amended (as proposed to be added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 45) by Stats. 1988, Ch. 297, Sec. 5. Approved (in this amended form) in Proposition 81 at the November 8, 1988, election.)

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