This legislation will establish a fund to help water systems provide an adequate and affordable supply of safe drinking water to communities who need it throughout the state.
The fund would be appropriated by an annual allocation of up to $130 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund from July 1, 2020 until June 30, 2030 and would also lay out both the eligible entities and uses for funding and how the State Water Resources Control Board will develop an expenditure plan.
Several proposals have been introduced this year that seek to address providing safe and affordable drinking water through the implementation of a water tax. The League has been working with a number of other stakeholders, such as the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA), to oppose such water tax proposals. Given that SB 200 does not contain a water tax, the League supports this legislation as well as continuously advocating for an alternative source of funding to fund safe and affordable drinking water programs.
There has been a push in the Legislature over the past few years to find solutions to providing safe and affordable drinking water throughout the state. Californians that rely on water from non-public water systems or reside in disadvantaged communities are disproportionately affected by a lack of access to clean drinking water. This legislation will attempt to remedy this issue in providing a continuous funding source for safe and affordable drinking water.
The League applauds the leadership of SB 200’s authors, Senate and Assembly leadership, and the Governor on this important issue and for finding a workable solution.
After final approval by the Legislature, this bill will be sent to the Governor’s desk for approval.