SB 555, as amended, Wolk. Urban retail water suppliers: water loss management.
Existing law requires the state to achieve a 20% reduction in urban per capita water use in California by December 31, 2020, and requires the state to make incremental progress towards this goal by reducing per capita water use by at least 10% on or before December 31, 2015. Existing law requires each urban retail water supplier to develop urban water use targets and an interim urban water use target, in accordance with specified requirements.
This bill would require each urban retail water supplier, on or before
begin delete Julyend delete 1, 2017, and begin delete annuallyend delete each year thereafter, to submit a completed and validated water loss audit report for the previous calendar year as prescribed by rules adopted by the Department of Water Resources on or before January 1, 2017, and updated as provided. The bill would require the department to post all validated water loss audit reports on its Internet Web site in a manner that allows for comparisons across water suppliers and to make these reports available for public viewing. This bill would require the department to provide technical assistance to guide urban retail water suppliers’ water loss detection programs. The bill would require the State Water Resources Control Board, no earlier than January 1, 2019, and no later than July 1, 2020, to adopt rules requiring urban retail water suppliers to meet performance standards for the volume of water losses. This bill would require the board to contribute up to $400,000 towards begin delete the department’s costs incurred in performing validations ofend delete water loss audit begin delete reports during the period beginning on July 1, 2016, and ending on or before July 1, 2017.end delete
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 10608.34 is added to the Water Code, to
(a) (1) On or before January 1, 2017, the department
4shall adopt rules for all of the following:
5(A) The conduct of standardized water loss audits by urban
6retail water suppliers in accordance with the method adopted by
7the American Water Works Association in the third edition of
8Water Audits and Loss Control Programs, Manual M36 and in the
9Free Water Audit Software, version 5.0.
10(B) The process for validating a water loss audit report prior to
11submitting the report to the department. For the purposes of this
12section, “validating” is a process whereby
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an urban retail water supplier
13engages withend delete
14 to confirm the basis of all data entries in the urban retail water
15supplier’s water loss audit report and to appropriately characterize
16the quality of the reported data. The validation process shall follow
17the principles and terminology laid out by the American Water
18Works Association in the third edition of Water Audits and Loss
19Control Programs, Manual M36 and in the Free Water Audit
20Software, version 5.0. A validated water loss audit report shall
21include the name and technical qualifications of the person engaged
P3 1(C) The technical qualifications required of a person to engage
2in validation, as described in subparagraph (B).
3(D) The certification requirements for a person selected by an
4urban retail water supplier to provide validation of its own water
5loss audit report.
6(E) The method
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7report to the department.
8(2) The department shall update rules adopted pursuant to
9paragraph (1) no later than six months after the release of
10subsequent editions of the American Water Works Association’s
11Water Audits and Loss Control Programs, Manual M36.
17(b) On or before
begin delete Julyend delete 1, 2017, and begin delete annuallyend delete each year thereafter, each urban retail water supplier shall
19submit a completed and validated water loss audit report for the
20previous calendar year as prescribed by the department pursuant
21to subdivision (a).
begin delete available funds,end delete the board shall contribute up to four hundred thousand
26dollars ($400,000) towards
begin delete the department’s costs incurred in
27performing validations of water loss audit reportsduring the period
28beginning on July 1, 2016, and ending on or before July 1, 2017.
29Thereafter, the board shall determine whether performing
30validations is an appropriate use of state funds or whether an urban
31retail water supplier shall be responsible for its own validation
39(d) Each water loss audit report submitted to the department
40shall be accompanied by information, in a form specified by the
P4 1department, identifying steps taken in the preceding year to increase
2the validity of data entered into the final audit, reduce the volume
3of apparent losses, and reduce the volume of real losses.
4(e) At least one of the following employees of an urban retail
5water supplier shall attest to each water loss audit report submitted
6to the department:
7(1) The chief financial officer.
8(2) The chief engineer.
9(3) The general manager.
10(f) The department shall deem incomplete and return to the
11urban retail water supplier any final water loss audit report found
12by the department to be incomplete, not validated, unattested, or
13incongruent with known characteristics of water system operations.
14 A water supplier shall resubmit a completed water loss audit report
15within 90 days of an audit being returned by the department.
16(g) The department shall post all validated water loss audit
17reports on its Internet Web site in a manner that allows for
18comparisons across water suppliers. The department shall make
19the validated water loss audit reports available for public viewing
20in a timely manner after their receipt.
21(h) Using available funds, the department shall provide technical
22assistance to guide urban retail water suppliers’ water loss detection
23programs, including, but not limited to, metering techniques,
24pressure management techniques, condition-based assessment
25techniques for transmission and distribution pipelines, and
26 utilization of portable and permanent water loss detection devices.
27(i) No earlier than January 1, 2019, and no later than July 1,
282020, the board shall adopt rules requiring urban retail water
29suppliers to meet performance standards for the volume of water
30losses. In adopting these rules, the board shall employ full life
31cycle cost accounting to evaluate the costs of meeting the