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                   Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary
                           Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair

                                           918 (Pavley)
          
          Hearing Date:  05/10/2010           Amended: 04/26/2010
          Consultant:  Brendan McCarthy   Policy Vote: Health 6-3, EQ 6-0
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          BILL SUMMARY: SB 918 requires the Department of Public Health to  
          adopt criteria for groundwater recharge with recycled water by  
          December 31, 2013. The bill requires the Department to adopt  
          criteria for reservoir augmentation with recycled water by  
          December 31, 2016. The bill requires the Department to report to  
          the Legislature by 2016 on the feasibility of developing  
          criteria for the potable use of recycled water.
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                            Fiscal Impact (in thousands)

           Major Provisions         2010-11      2011-12       2012-13     Fund
           
          Development of criteria$171       $171        $226      Special  
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          * Waste Discharge Permit Fund.
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          STAFF COMMENTS: This bill meets the criteria for referral to the  
          Suspense File.

          Current law requires the Department of Public Health to  
          establish statewide criteria for the use of recycled water.

          SB 918 requires the Department to adopt uniform water recycling  
          criteria for indirect potable use for groundwater recharge, by  
          December 31, 2013.

          The bill requires the Department to adopt uniform water  
          recycling criteria for surface water augmentation by December  
          31, 2016.

          The bill requires the Department to report to the Legislature on  
          the feasibility of developing uniform water recycling criteria  
          for direct potable reuse, by December 31, 2016. 











          The bill requires the Department to convene an expert panel,  
          made up of members with specified expertise. The bill also  
          authorizes the Department to convene an advisory task force.  
          Members of the panel and task force would only be compensated  
          for travel expenses. 

          The bill authorizes the expenditure of up to $3 million over six  
          fiscal years for the implementation of the bill. These funds  
          would be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, from  
          the Waste Discharge Permit Fund.

          Staff estimates the Department will need at least one additional  
          position over the next six years as well as some additional  
          positions intermittently over that period.