Water Quality

 

Topic: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFOA/PFAS)

In 2019 the legislature passed SB 756(Garcia) which requires public water systems to monitor per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and upon identification notifying customers on their water bill and publishing the finding online. On February 6, 2020, under the authority of the Deputy Director of the Division of Drinking Water (DDW), California issued updated drinking water response levels of 10 parts per trillion for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and 40 parts per trillion for perfluorooctane sulfonic acid. Technology required to treat these contaminants at such small molecular levels is expensive and not economically feasible for many small systems and those serving disadvantaged communities. CalMutuals will continue to monitor these developments and provide relevant updates.

Topic: SWRCB Releases White Paper on Economic Feasibility Study: Hexavalent Chromium 

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Bills of Interest

 SB 996 Portantino: State Water Resource Control Board: Constituents of Emerging Concern  Sponsor: CMUA/Metropolitan Water District 

 Highlights:

  1. Creates the Stakeholder Advisory Group responsible for ensuring SWRCB properly implements strategies to effectively deal with potential health effects related to contaminants of emerging concern, and with the selection of the Science Advisory Committee.  
  2. Creation Science Advisory Panel comprised of scientific experts who would work with DDW, OHHEA and other groups to review and provide recommendations on contaminants of emerging concern..
  3.  Creates a Constituents of Emerging Concern Action Fund to assist with programming and reimburse committee participants. 

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