Legislative & Regulatory Updates

CalMutuals establishes its legislative and regulatory priorities at its annual meeting.  As legislation and regulations evolve, CalMutuals adapts and takes positions on specific proposed legislation and regulations through its Joint Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee.

The Committee includes the board of directors as well as members who are interested in participating, and/or are interested in specific topics such as water quality, governance or bonds and grants.  The Joint Committee meets at least monthly, and more frequently as needed when the legislature is in session or a regulatory proceeding is underway.

From time to time, CalMutuals will help its members on local matters with regional agencies, usually when two or more members in a region feel like they are out of options and need more capacity to plan and execute a strategy.

If you are interested in participating in the Joint Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee meetings, please contact Susan Allen at susan@calmutuals.org.

Current Legislative Priorities and Focus

Safe Drinking Water and Economic Feasibility
Drought Preparedness for Small Water Systems
Air quality provisions for emergency back-up generators
Legislation regarding groundwater sustainability planning
Contract workers classification as employees

Current Regulatory Priorities

Economic Feasibility and Chromium 6 – upcoming standard
Perfluorooctane Sulfate (PFAS) – upcoming standard
1,2,3 TCP – expiring statute of limitations 12/20

Current Priorities

If you are interested in specific bills and regulatory documents please check out the links below:

Affordability

Drought Resiliency

Water Quality

Consolidation and Small Systems

Other 

CalMutuals tracks a variety of bills related to water companies. We’ve consolidated the bills (and our position on the bills) into a quick list for your review.

Small Systems and Consolidation
 

SB 414    (Caballero D)   Small System Water Authority Act of 2019.  Would create the Small System Water Authority Act of 2019 and state legislative findings and declarations relating to authorizing the creation of small system water authorities that will have powers to absorb, improve, and competently operate noncompliant public water systems. 

CalMutuals Position:  Oppose unless Amended. 

Click here to read CalMutuals’ SB414 Comment Letter

 
 
Water Quality
 

Topic:  Perchlorate Detection Level for Purposes of Reporting         

The State Water Resource Control Board proposes to adopt a DLR for perchlorate of 0.002 mg/L to protect public health and maintain consistency with statutory requirements.

The SWRCB asserts that the potential benefits from this proposed regulatory action are to: 

•        Evaluate the performance of existing treatment to levels at least as low as 0.002 mg/L. 

•        Determine perchlorate occurrence in drinking water sources at or below 0.002 mg/L. 

•        Identify additional public health protection. 

•        Gather data to be able to determine the technical and economic feasibility of revising the current MCL. 

•        Clarify references to “Possible Contaminating Activity” and “Source Water Assessment” in existing regulations 

Click on the following link to review the State Water Resources Control Board Perchlorate Information and Documentation:
https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drinking_water/certlic/drinkingwater/perchlorate2.html      

Click here to read CalMutuals’ Perchlorate Detection Comment Letter