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Legislation to Ease Water Conservation Mandates Gains Regional Support

March 11, 2024

Local Water Agencies Join Forces to Back Senator Archuleta’s Bill (SB 1330), Offering Relief to California Residents

In a significant move aimed at alleviating the financial strain on water suppliers and households, Walnut Valley Water District (WVWD), Rowland Water District (RWD), and Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water Company have come together to co-sponsor a landmark bill, SB 1330, introduced by Senator Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera).

This common-sense legislation, designed to address concerns raised by water suppliers across the state, seeks to provide relief from the costly burdens associated with complying with water conservation mandates. With water bills on the rise and concerns about meeting regulatory requirements mounting, the co-sponsored bill aims to offer a lifeline to Californians grappling with increasing costs and environmental challenges.

“My goals for SB 1330 are simple: to provide flexibility for water suppliers, reduce costs, and ultimately, make water conservation achievable for all Californians,” Senator Archuleta emphasized. “In a state known for its high cost of living, ensuring affordable access to water is not just a necessity, but a responsibility.”

The proposed legislation, SB 1330, introduces practical measures such as extending compliance timelines and simplifying administrative processes for water suppliers. By offering more flexibility and reducing administrative burdens, the bill aims to make it easier for water agencies to meet conservation goals without placing undue strain directly on local households and businesses.

“Having appropriate representation in government is crucial to ensuring that the voices of those on the ground, who work tirelessly to implement water conservation efforts and ensure affordable access to water, are not forgotten. Senator Archuleta’s bill is a testament to the importance of listening to the needs of communities and working collaboratively to address challenges facing water suppliers and residents alike.” – Sheryl Shaw, General Manager, Walnut Valley Water District

With support from local water agencies and communities, Senator Archuleta’s bill represents a collaborative effort to address pressing water challenges facing California. By championing regional support and practical solutions, the co-sponsored legislation aims to pave the way for a more sustainable water future for all Californians.

“We recognize the importance of making conservation a way of life in California, but not at the expense of our customers’ needs,” stated Tom Coleman, General Manager of Rowland Water District. “By supporting Senator Archuleta’s bill, we are advocating for a balanced approach that ensures affordable access to water while promoting responsible conservation practices.”