|California Water Code AB 1750|
Last week, Assemblyman Solorio continued working with Senate committee staff on potential amendments to resolve outstanding issues. Mr. Solorio did his best, but the final amendment proposal received substantial objections. Mr. Solorio therefore decided to narrow his bill. The amended AB 1750 is now in print and available at www.leginfo.ca.gov .
In essence, AB 1750 now authorizes landscape contractors to install rainwater capture systems, retains the Rainwater Capture Act's findings, savings clauses and definitions, and adds a new substantive provision on water rights. The new Section 10574 codifies a statement on the State Water Resources Control Board website that capturing rainwater off rooftops does not require a water right:
From the SWRCB Website:
The California Water Code, section 1201, defines water subject to appropriation and authorizes the State Water Board to grant permits for water flowing in any natural channel. Rooftops are not a natural channel, therefore harvest of rainwater from rooftops does not require a water right permit. The State Water Board encourages methods of water collection or diversion, such as rooftop rainwater harvest, that reduce demand on streams and reduce water quality problems associated with stormwater runoff.
Section 10574 takes another moderate step to encourage rainwater capture. Mr. Solorio is proud to see the progress on rainwater capture in recent years. We expect the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) will adopt building standards for rainwater capture by the end of the year, and have enjoyed working with the CBSC staff and Secretary Caballero on this important issue for California's future.
We hope to move this bill off the Senate floor, back to the Assembly and on to the Governor's desk in the coming days. If you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you for all your support for Mr. Solorio's effort to make rainwater capture a part of California's water supply portfolio. We hope we will have another opportunity to work with you on California's critical water issues.
Alf W. Brandt, Principal Consultant
Assembly Select Committee on Regional Approaches
to Addressing the State's Water Crisis
State Capitol, Room 3146
Sacramento, California 95814
(916) 319-2519 direct
(916) 319-2169 fax
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