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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Legislative Priorities and Focus:
- Safe Drinking Water and Economic Feasibility of CR6+ and PFAS legislation
- Mandated Consolidation of Small Systems
- Monitor Legislation to include language regarding Mutuals’ 501(c)3 Tax Status
- Legislation regarding groundwater sustainability planning
- Planned MCL Compliance Periods
- Alternatives to the Meter Tax
Current Regulatory Priorities:
- Economic Feasibility and Chromium 6 – upcoming standard
- Perfluorooctane Sulfate (PFAS) – upcoming standard
- Perchlorate — upcoming standard
If you are interested in specific bills and regulatory documents please check out the links below:
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
Topic: CalMutuals collaborates with CWSA in Study of Common Pitfalls When Large Water Systems Help Small Water Systems
CalMutuals Supports CWSA in Extensive Study of Southern California Water Systems
CalMutuals collaborated with the Community Water systems Alliance (‘CWSA’) in developing a white paper after conducting a review of three Southern California water providers to gain an understanding of their efforts and programs directed at assisting small and/or disadvantaged water systems in their region. Participants were interviewed about a variety of topics related to their water system consolidations or assistance projects including collaboration, project funding, time management and resource allocation.
The review found that the state grant funding process can be difficult for some California water suppliers to access and a section of the paper includes recommendations for policy updates from these systems who have worked through it.
Read an introduction to the material, CWSA’s recent press release here.
Read Community Water Systems Alliance’s white paper here.
Topic: Planned Compliance Legislation
Please do not hesitate to contact Logan Largent, CalMutuals Public Affairs Associate, by email at email@example.com if you have any questions.
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: