SACRAMENTO – A bill introduced Friday, February 22, in the California Legislature would establish a Safe Drinking Water Trust as a long-term funding solution to help community water systems in disadvantaged communities provide their customers with access to safe drinking water.
Senate Bill 669 is authored by Sen. Anna M. Caballero (D-Salinas) and sponsored by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA). The bill would create the Safe Drinking Water Trust in the State Treasury and would be funded with general fund dollars during a state budget surplus year, such as the current budget year. Net income earned from the trust would be transferred to a Safe Drinking Water Fund, which the State Water Resources Control Board would administer.
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