DWR Kicks Off SB 7 Administrative Processes

April 7, 2010

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has commenced a number of administrative processes under the Water Conservation Act of 2009 (SB 7). SB 7 sets a general goal of reducing per capita water use by 20 percent, as compared to a recent baseline, no later than December 31, 2020. DWR is tasked with developing a number of regulations and policies to meet this use reduction goal.

In March, 2010, DWR held two public listening sessions on the development of the Urban Baseline Technical Methodologies required under Water Code Section 10608.20(h), and the Method for Calculating Urban Water Use Reduction under Water Code Section 10608.20(b)(4). DWR next will convene the Urban Stakeholder Advisory Committee to continue the process. DWR must complete the Baseline Technical Methodologies by October, 2010, and the Urban Water Use Reduction Method by December 31, 2010. DWR will also convene the Agricultural Stakeholder Committee to develop water efficiency quantification methodologies and agricultural efficient water management practices starting in 2010. The various Agricultural Stakeholder Committee processes must be completed in 2011 and 2013, depending on the process. The Urban Stakeholder Committee and the Agricultural Stakeholder Committee will jointly work towards other SB 7 tasks, including developing a standardized water use reporting form and developing new water resources management targets by 2011.

Urban and agricultural water suppliers alike should monitor and participate in the Stakeholder Committee processes. Track these processes through the DWR website, www.water.ca.gov/wateruseefficiency/sb7/.

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