Assemblymember Quirk Introduces Bill to Update the Terms of the Uses of Recycled Water in California

Monday, January 28, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Chair of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, introduced AB 292 to update the terms of the uses of recycled water in to state in order to reflect how recycled water is currently used.

AB 292 builds on previous legislation and recent work by the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) to remove the terms “direct potable reuse” and “indirect potable reuse”, in order to align the terms with how the water agencies are using recycled water.  In 2016, in a report to the Legislature the Board concluded it is feasible to develop and adopt regulations for using recycled water as drinking water, provided that certain research and key knowledge gaps are addressed. The report laid the groundwork for creating regulations for a sustainable, reliable source of potable water and AB 574 will clarify definitions and set a timeline for completing regulations.

“In 2017 I introduced AB 574, which was signed by the Governor, and requires the State Water Board to develop regulations for the safe use of recycled water through raw water augmentation.  This bill improves the statute to ensure clarity in the uses of recycled water,” said Assemblymember Quirk. “As Chair of the Assembly committee tasked with protecting public health I’m proud to move this legislation through the process.”                                         

AB 292 has not been referred to policy committee.