News Worth Noting: Governor signs new laws amending Urban Water Management Planning Act, Sacto Regional San approves $2B upgrade to wastewater treatment plant, Poseidon statement on Select Committee Desalination Hearing

BB&K logoGovernor Signs New Laws Amending California’s Urban Water Management Planning Act:Under new amendments to California’s Urban Water Management Planning Act, urban water suppliers will be required to provide narrative descriptions of their water demand management measures and account for system water losses when preparing Urban Water Management Plans, among other changes. The amended Act, created by Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature on Assembly Bill 2067 and Senate Bill 1420 last week, also establishes July 1, 2016 as the deadline for urban water suppliers to prepare and submit their 2015 UWMPs to the Department of Water Resources. Water supply planning in California is more important now than ever before. … ” Read more from BB&K here: Governor Signs New Laws Amending California’s Urban Water Management Planning Act

somach logoRegional San Approves Sacramento Region’s Largest Public Infrastructure Project:The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San) today approved the region’s largest public infrastructure project, a nearly $2 billion upgrade to the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant that will improve water quality in the Sacramento River and Delta, and expand opportunities for recycled water use.  Regional San’s approval of the EchoWater Project marks the end of more than a decade of conflict and negotiation between south of Delta water agencies, state agencies and Regional San over the water quality effects of the regional plant’s discharge to the Sacramento River.  Designed to comply with strict new water quality permit requirements, the EchoWater project will add new tertiary treatment processes that will more effectively remove ammonia, nitrates and pathogens from the plant discharge. … ”  Continue reading from Somach Simmons & Dunn here:  Regional San Approves Sacramento Region’s Largest Public Infrastructure Project

poseidon waterPoseidon Statement on Select Committee Desalination Hearing: Scott Maloni, Vice President of Poseidon Water, today issued the following statement on the Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection hearing on seawater desalination: “Desalination technology has greatly improved within the last decade, reducing the impact to the marine environment and energy consumption. In fact, next summer, California will be home to the largest, most technologically advanced, energy efficient and environmentally sound seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere. The plant, located in Carlsbad, will produce 50 million gallons of clean, reliable water for area residents. And Poseidon is working hard to provide the same solution to Orange County residents with a similar proposal to build a desalination plant in Huntington Beach. We stand ready to work with local communities, the state legislature, and the governor to provide California with a drought-proof water source.”  The Huntington Beach Desalination Plant will produce 50 million gallons of drinking water every day, which is roughly 8 percent of Orange County’s water supply needs. The project will create more than 3,000 construction jobs, bring more than $2 million annually in tax revenue to the City, and has received bi-partisan support from the entire Orange County state and federal delegations.”  Full statement here:  Poseidon Statement


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