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www.ca-nv-awwa.org 11 heads up News and Views on Issues, Legislation and Regulations water programs plan to address the impacts of climate change and describes the agency’s long-term vision, goals and strategic actions for managing sustainable water resources in the future. Building on EPA’s 2008 climate change and water strategy, the report focuses on five key areas: infrastructure, watersheds and wetlands, coastal and ocean waters, water quality, and working with tribes. (http://www.epa.gov/water/ climatechange) NSF 61—Testing for Concrete? CA-NV is concerned about proposed changes introduced in the Joint Committee for Drinking Water Additives System Components at NSF’s annual meeting. The proposed changes in Table B.1 of NSF Standard 61 would increase the battery of testing for concrete, creating concerns about the impracticality of certifying and testing concrete for STD 61 certification in spite of the fact that the standard is already written into California drinking water regulation 64591.  The new edition of the California Waterworks Standards, effective March 9, 2008, requires treatment and distribution equipment to be certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 by an ANSI-accredited organization. The California plumbing code has required plumbing products be certified to NSF/ANSI 61 for several years. Although the proposal wasn’t adopted by NSF, a task group was formed to study increased testing for individual materials. Water Recycling In the 2012 legislature, Assembly Member Ben Hueso (D-80) from San Diego carried AB 2398, a sweeping bill intended to consolidate many statutory references to reclaimed or recycled water into one chapter of the Water Code. The bill died in the Senate Natural Resources Committee, where committee chair Fran Pavley and committee staff raised concerns about several of its provisions. Pavley expressed support for comprehensive legislation to increase water recycling, however, and a stakeholder group was established in December to recommend a new bill in 2013. As of March 8, Hueso had introduced AB 613 to serve as the vehicle for consensus language expected from the stakeholder group; however language was not yet available from the author’s office at that time. This is not the only “spot bill” to emerge on the subject: Assembly Member Rudy Salas, Jr (D-32) is the author of AB 426, “Recycled Water,” and his intentions for this bill are uncertain at this time. The CA-NV AWWA Government Affairs Committee anticipates recommending a position on this legislation when the details come to light. Members interested in advancing the responsible use of recycled water to supplement potable water supplies should watch for a future Member Alert when action is required. S.335: Federal Water Infrastructure Financing In February, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) reintroduced the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) in the Senate. It is anticipated that Environment and Public Works Committee Chair, Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.), will also include WIFIA in Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation this year, as she did in a discussion draft late in 2012. Reauthorization of WRDA has been held up by disagreements about earmarks; however WIFIA is at the top of AWWA’s Washington agenda and is supported by AMWA, WEF, and ACWA. A CA-NV delegation will participate in a combined AWWA and WEF effort to support this important new source of reduced-cost project financing as part of a DC Fly-In on April 17-18. The Government Affairs committee recommends Section members generate support as the legislation moves through Congress. (www.ca-nv-awwa.org, or at www.awwa.org). Safe Drinking Water Issues at Top of California Assembly Agenda A package of eight bills largely prompted by dissatisfaction with management of the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) is headed to the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. Advocates for disadvantaged communities have complained of ongoing small community water systems contamination that the Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been stymied in directing resources from the SRF program to address. AB 145 (and SB 117) would transfer the entire drinking water program from CDPH to the State Water Resources Control Board. CA-NV Executive Committee voted on February 20 to take a position of “oppose unless amended” and will seek to represent concerns of the drinking water utilities on the regulatory program. S


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