Assemblymember Quirk Introduces Bill to Expand the Use of Potable Reuse in California
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), the Chair of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, introduced AB 574, co-sponsored by California Coastkeeper Alliance and WateReuse California, to push the state to develop regulations in a timely manner that will result in a more sustainable and safe water supply.
AB 574 incorporates definitions and suggestions from the recent report to the Legislature from the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) that 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 lays 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.
“There is a lot of science involved with these types of projects. We need to do all we can to develop safe, sustainable water supplies,” said Assemblymember Quirk. “As Chair of the Assembly committee tasked with protecting public health I’m proud to move this legislation through the process.”
Jennifer West, Managing Director of WateReuse California said, “we have reviewed the Board’s report and the findings of the Expert Panel of scientists convened by the Board to advise the regulators. AB 574 is the important next step that will ensure the report is implemented and regulations for potable reuse are developed in a timely manner that are protective of public health.”
Sean Bothwell, Policy Director for California Coastkeeper Alliance praised Assemblymember Quirk for his leadership in introducing this legislation. “It is critical that California creates a pathway for potable reuse as a sustainable water supply. We are glad to see Chairman Quirk help insure the regulatory framework for potable reuse is completed in a responsible manner that ensures the protection of public health,” he said.
AB 574 has not been referred to policy committee.
Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly. He is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. He is a member of the Agriculture, Public Safety, Revenue and Taxation, and Utilities and Energy Committees.