From the State Water Board:
The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will hold a public meeting to consider adoption of an Amendment to the Policy for Water Quality Control for Recycled Water (Amendment) and Staff Report with Substitute Environmental Documentation (Staff Report). The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the CalEPA Headquarters Building, Coastal Hearing Room, 1001 I Street, Second Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814.
The Policy for Water Quality Control for Recycled Water (Recycled Water Policy) was adopted by the State Water Board on February 3, 2009 and was amended on January 22, 2013 to provide direction to the nine regional water quality control boards (regional water boards) on monitoring requirements for constituents of emerging concern (CECs) in recycled water used for groundwater recharge. The Recycled Water Policy includes provisions that require staff to reconvene a science advisory panel every five years to provide guidance on future actions related to CECs in recycled water. State Water Board Resolution No. 2016-0061 directed staff to consider advancements in recycled water regulations and research, conduct stakeholder outreach, reconvene a science advisory panel on CECs in recycled water (Panel), and to update the Recycled Water Policy.
The Amendment provides statewide consistency for permit requirements for recycled water projects and promote production and use of recycled water in a manner that is protective of human health and the environment. The Amendment: 1) removes statewide recycled water mandates; 2) sets narrative goals for the production and use of recycled water; 3) establishes treated wastewater and recycled water reporting requirements statewide; 4) clarifies the process for recycled water project proponents to comply with Water Code section 1211 for wastewater change petitions; 5) updates requirements for salt and nutrient management planning; 6) improves consistency in permitting of recycled water projects by encouraging the use of statewide water reclamation requirements for non-potable recycled water use, removing streamlined permitting criteria for landscape irrigation recycled water projects, and adding permitting guidance for reservoir augmentation projects; 7) updates monitoring requirements for CECs in recycled water used for groundwater recharge and reservoir water augmentation, and 8) incorporates other substantive and non-substantive changes.
The Amendment, Staff Report, and related documents and information are available on the State Water Board’s website: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/water_recycling_policy/index.html
PROCEDURAL MATTERS FOR THE ADOPTION MEETING
At the December 11, 2018 public meeting at which the State Water Board will consider adopting the Amendment, interested persons will have an opportunity to comment orally on the Amendment and Staff Report. Oral comments will be limited to the proposed changes made to the Amendment and Staff Report that are reflected in the Amendment and Staff Report. There will be no sworn testimony or cross-examination of participants. However, the State Water Board and its staff may ask clarifying questions.
View the full meeting notice here: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/water_recycling_policy/docs/2018/20181211_notice_recycle_water_amend.pdf
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