Senate BillNo. 143

Introduced by Senator Stone

January 27, 2015

An act to add Section 115843 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to drinking water.


SB 143, as introduced, Stone. Diamond Valley Reservoir: recreational use.

Existing law, with certain exceptions, prohibits recreational use, in which there is bodily contact with water, in a reservoir in which water is stored for domestic use and establishes water standards for those exempted reservoirs.

This bill would exempt from this prohibition recreational activity in which there is bodily contact with water by any participant in the Diamond Valley Reservoir if certain standards are met.

This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Diamond Valley Reservoir in the County of Riverside.

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 115843 is added to the Health and Safety
, to read:



(a) In the Diamond Valley Reservoir, recreational
4uses shall not include recreation in which there is bodily contact
5with the water by any participant, unless both of the following
6conditions are satisfied:

P2    1(1) The water subsequently receives complete water treatment,
2including coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and
3disinfection, before being used for domestic purposes.

4(2) The reservoir is operated in compliance with regulations of
5the State Water Resources Control Board, as provided in Section

7(b) The recreational use may be subject to additional conditions
8and restrictions adopted by the entity operating the water supply
9reservoir, if the conditions and restrictions do not conflict with
10regulations of the State Water Resources Control Board and are
11designed to further protect or enhance the public health and safety.


SEC. 2.  

The Legislature finds and declares that a special law
13is necessary and that a general law cannot be made applicable
14within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California
15Constitution because of the unique recreational needs of the
16Diamond Valley Reservoir in the County of Riverside and the
17enactment of this special law is necessary for the use of water for
18the public good.