chapter 14 - Drinking Water treatment and Distribution
CDPH should evaluate the inclusion of funding for water meters for each water system service connection for all drinking water projects funded under the DWSRF program, Proposition 50 and Proposition 84. Additional funds may need to be allocated for this purpose from future water bonds.
The Legislature should establish a requirement for all public water systems (whether in urban areas or other areas of the state) to install a meter on each service connection and charge a metered rate for actual volume of water used.
California’s regulatory agencies, such as the State Water Resources Control Board and California Department of Public Health, should be able to maintain internship programs for college students to continue the interest of the next generation in the water and environmental regulatory agencies.
The CDPH Operator Certification Expense Reimbursement Grant Program for small water system operators should be expanded to include medium size water utility operators, focusing on training for entry-level operators.
CDPH should develop a partnership with the California Employment Development Department (EDD) to establish an employment and training program for water utility operators. This should include development of a retraining program to fill the coming shortage of workers in the public/private water sector.
State government should support research and development of new treatment technologies through expansion of the funding provided through Proposition 50 for demonstration of new treatment technologies. Additional program funding is also needed by CDPH to adequately address the review and acceptance of these new treatment technologies.
The Legislature should adopt statutes authorizing the development of regulations addressing the use of POU treatment for small water system applications for some specific contaminants.
In view of the increased costs and other issues associated with disposal of residual wastes, water systems should fully evaluate residual disposal issues in the planning of new water treatment facilities.
19. All public water systems should be encouraged to join the California WARN program. This program will be able to provide mutual aid and assistance more quickly than the normal resource requests through SEMS. CDPH will encourage this recommendation as part of security training and emergency response exercises conducted with water utilities.
20. The control of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in our environment should be addressed initially via source control programs and reduction through wastewater treatment.
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