volume 2 - resource management Strategies
Regulatory agencies such as CDPH, local primacy agencies (county-level) and
Environmental and community stakeholders
Based on the major issues outlined in this chapter, the following additional actions are needed to ensure there is adequate protection of public health through the maintenance of infrastructure, advancements in water treatment, and developing and maintaining relationships among the groups that advocate for safe drinking water:
The Legislature should take steps necessary to develop a more sustainable source of funding of water supply, water treatment, and infrastructure projects to ensure a safe and reliable supply of drinking water for individuals and communities.
Additional funding should be provided to CDPH to provide increased technical assistance to small water systems related to asset management and rate setting.
CDPH should work closely with public water systems to quantify the total needs for water system infrastructure improvement and replacement.
State government should support enactment of a federal water infrastructure trust fund act that would provide a reliable source of federal assistance for the construction and repair of water treatment plants.
The Legislature should develop a reauthorization bill to extend the funding benefits of both Proposition 50 and Proposition 84 for drinking water systems.
Additional programs should be developed to encourage regionalization and consolidation of public water systems. Regionalization and consolidation are useful both in achieving compliance with water quality standards and in providing an adequate economy of scale for operating and maintaining existing facilities as well as planning for future needs.
State government should continue to develop funding for small water systems and disadvantaged communities to assist in complying with drinking water standards.
State government should continue to encourage conservation and develop additional incentives, such as expanded rebate programs, to allow water systems to reduce the waste of limited water resources.
Public water systems that provide flat rate water service should strongly consider moving to a metered water rate structure to discourage waste. In addition, water systems that do have water meters on some customers but not all connections should strongly consider providing water meters for all customers.
10. State government should consider providing incentives that would encourage water systems to adopt rate structures that encourage conservation and discourage the waste of water.
caLifoRnia WateR PLan | update 2009