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Water Consolidation [Infrastructure Innovation and Investment]

On Wednesday, June 24, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 88, which grants the State Water Resources Control Board unprecedented power to force the consolidation of water systems.

CSDA worked to oppose SB 88 and achieved improvements to the bill language first unveiled May 17 as Budget Trailer Bill Language 825. Testifying before the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee on Thursday, June 18, only hours after the bill was placed into print for public review, CSDA requested the Legislature and governor's administration work with local agencies to find real, workable solutions for failing water systems. While CSDA's call for a more thorough and transparent approach was not heeded, legislators expressed significant concerns and CSDA hopes to continue working with stakeholders to address the anticipated problems the new law will create.

A new webpage has been created by the State Water Resources Control Board to keep the public and stakeholders informed of actions related to consolidations and extensions of service for disadvantaged communities. This webpage provides public access to letters issued to water systems relating to consolidation or extensions of service, as well as provides a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document explaining the consolidation or extension of service process. For more information, please visit www.waterboards.ca.gov

Click here to visit the CSDA website for the full story and related documents.

 

 

 

 

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