California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 478


Introduced by Assembly Member Harper

February 23, 2015


An act to amend Section 12947 of the Water Code, relating to water resources.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 478, as introduced, Harper. Desalination.

Existing law, the Cobey-Porter Saline Water Conversion Law, states the policy of this state that desalination projects developed by or for public water entities be given the same opportunities for state assistance and funding as other water supply and reliability projects, and that desalination be consistent with all applicable environmental protection policies in the state. The law provides that is it the intention of the Legislature that the Department of Water Resources shall undertake to find economic and efficient methods of desalting saline water so that desalted water may be made available to help meet the growing water requirements of the state.

This bill would make a nonsubstantive change in these provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

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

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SECTION 1.  

Section 12947 of the Water Code is amended to
2read:

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12947.  

(a) The Legislature finds and declares that the growing
4water needs of the state require the development of cost effective
P2    1and efficient water supply technologies. Desalination technology
2is now feasible to help provide significant new water supplies from
3seawater, brackish water, and reclaimed water. Desalination
4technology can also provide an effective means of treating some
5types of contamination in water supplies. Desalination is consistent
6with both state water supply and efficiency policy goals, and joint
7state-federal environmental and water policy and principles
8promoted by the Cal-Fed Bay Delta Program.

9(b) It is the policy of this state that desalination projects
10developed by or for public water entities be given the same
11opportunities for state assistance and funding as other water supply
12and reliability projects, and that desalination be consistent with all
13applicable environmental protection policies in the state.

14(c) It is thebegin delete intentionend deletebegin insert intentend insert of the Legislature that the department
15shall undertake to find economic and efficient methods of desalting
16saline water so that desalted water may be made available to help
17meet the growing water requirements of the state.



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