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          Date of Hearing:   May 24, 2013

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                  Mike Gatto, Chair

                    AB 803 (Gomez) - As Amended:  April 22, 2013 

          Policy Committee:                              Water Parks and  
          Wildlife     Vote:                            15-0
                         Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials           
                           7-0                          
                        

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:              

           SUMMARY  

          This bill modifies the State Water Resources Control Board  
          (SWRCB) and Regional Water Quality Control Boards (regional  
          boards) regulation of recycled water.  Specifically, this bill: 

          1)Designates this act as the Water Recycling Act of 2013.

          2)Modifies recycled water spill reporting thresholds by making  
            those in the Health and Safety Code the same as those in the  
            Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act (Porter-Cologne).

          3)Authorizes the SWRCB and the RWQCBs to permit advanced treated  
            purified water (ATPW) projects at the point where the highly  
            treated water enters a conveyance facility exiting the  
            treatment plant.

          4)Provides that ATPW means water of wastewater origin treated  
            with a treatment method at least as effective as membrane  
            filtration, reverse osmosis, advanced oxidation, disinfection,  
            and engineered reliability features or other suitable  
            treatment as approved by the State Department of Public Health  
            (DPH).

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          Minor, absorbable costs to the SWRCB and regional boards.

           COMMENTS  








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           1)Purpose  .  According to the author, this bill aligns existing  
            provisions in law  and reduces unnecessary paperwork resulting  
            from the reporting of incidental run-off from recycled water  
            projects.  

            The bill clarifies existing Regional Water Quality Control  
            Board authority to permit Advanced Treated Purified Water  
            projects at the point where the highly treated water exits the  
            treatment plant and enters a conveyance facility.  

            As an example, the author contends the City of San Diego will  
            avoid the cost and environmental impact of a $220 million  
            pipeline by using the permitting approach provided in the  
            bill.


           2)Background.    There are over 250 water recycling plants  
            currently operating in the state.  According to the California  
            Department of Water Resources, the state recycles 450,000  
            acre-feet to 580,000 acre-feet of wastewater annually.  This  
            represents three times the amount recycled in 1970.  About  
            two-thirds of the state's recycled water is used for  
            irrigation, with about 46% used for agriculture and another  
            21% used for landscaping.  About 14% is used for groundwater  
            recharge, while 19% goes to all other uses.  

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Jennifer Galehouse / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081