Senate Safe Drinking Water Plan
Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins has announced the Senate’s Safe Drinking Water Plan. The Senate Plan would provide a durable funding solution needed without a water tax.
What are the elements of the plan?
- A $150 million per year continuous appropriation from the General Fund to the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund;
- SB 200 (Monning), would create the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund and provide the requirements for this funding program (e.g., the scope of eligible applicants, how the money could be spent, etc.); and
- SB 414 (Caballero), which is co-sponsored by Eastern Municipal Water District and the California Municipal Utilities Association, would provide for the creation of small system water authorities. This bill would help the situation where small failing public water systems do not have the economies of scale to be sustainable.