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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES
Division of Statewide Integrated Water Management
Water Use and Efficiency Branch

Water Use Efficiency Programs- Legislative Mandates
Accomplishments Report
October 2013

Senate Bill X7-7 was enacted on November 9, 2009 mandating water conservation targets and efficiency improvements for urban and agricultural water suppliers, respectively.  There are 18 actions in this legislation for which the Department of Water Resources (DWR) is assigned as the lead agency (see Tables below).  These actions have been designated by DWR as “projects” for implementation of the legislation.
The legislation requires that DWR implement certain provisions of the law through public processes.  AB 1420 (2007) requires DWR to convene an Independent Technical Panel to develop new Demand Management Measures and technologies and approaches. AB 1404 (2007) requires agricultural water suppliers to submit aggregated farm-gate delivery annual reports to DWR. To meet these requirements, DWR has formed:

  • An Urban Stakeholder Committee (USC)
  • An Agricultural Stakeholder Committee (ASC)

In addition, DWR is seeking public input through:

  • Holding public workshops and public hearings
  • Posting information on the Website
  • Convening a Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional (CII) Task Force and an Independent Technical Panel with public process

To ensure effective coordination between affected State and Federal agencies, DWR also convened an Agency Team (AT) to seek advice in the implementation of the requirements. Program has two email addresses for public comments:

For a schedule of SB X7-7 events, visit the DWR Calendar at http://www.water.ca.gov/calendar/

URBAN PROJECTS
Project Number Project Name Summary of Governing Legislation Deadline Process Guiding Legislation
U1 CII Task Force DWR shall, in conjunction with the CUWCC, convene a task force consisting of academic experts, urban retail water suppliers, environmental organizations, commercial, industrial and institutional water users to develop alternative best management practices for the CII water sector. Task Force:
April 1, 2010
Report:
April 1, 2012
Task Force Water Conservation Act
10608.43
Status:EARLY COMPLETED. The CII Task Force was convened on March 1, 2011 and has met fifteen times.  Final report is scheduled for release in December 2013. For more information visit SB X7-7 Website or CUWCC website http://www.cuwcc.org.
U2 Demand Management Measures Per AB1420 of 2007 DWR shall convene an Independent Technical Panel consisting of retail water suppliers, environmental organizations, the business community, wholesale water suppliers, and academia to update Demand Management Methods and report to the Legislature. Periodic Independent Technical Panel Water Conservation Act
10631.7
Status: INITIATED. DWR and the CUWCC have begun meetings of the Independent Technical Panel.
U3 Urban Technical Methodologies DWR through a public process and in consultation with CUWCC shall develop and post on its website technical methodologies and criteria for baseline daily per capita use, baseline commercial, industrial and institutional water use, compliance daily per capita water use, gross water use, service area population, indoor residential water use, landscaped area water use and others as needed. Oct 1, 2010 Public Process Water Conservation Act
10608.20(h)(1) and (h)(2)
Status: COMPLETED. The final document “Methodologies for Calculating Baseline and Compliance Urban Per Capita Water Use For Consistent Implementation of the Water Conservation Act of 2009” was published on October 1, 2010 and is posted on the website.  DWR will be revising the document and developing an additional methodology on compliance year adjustment.
U4 Fourth Target Method DWR shall develop a method for calculating urban water use targets that identify per capita use targets that cumulatively result in a statewide 20 percent reduction. Dec 31, 2010 Public Process Water Conservation Act
10608.20(b)(4)
Status:  COMPLETED. The “Method 4 for Calculating Urban Water Use Targets” has been released to the public and was posted on the website in February 2011.  SB X7-7 requires DWR to evaluate the method and submit a report to the Legislature on any possible revisions by December, 2014
U5 Process Water Regulations DWR shall adopt regulations for implementation of the SB X7-7 provisions related to process water. No date specified Rule making

Water Conservation Act 10608.20(i)(1)

Status: COMPLETED. Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved DWR’s permanent regulation in July 2011.
U6 Legislative Reports on Progress toward 20x2020
DWR shall review 2015 UWMPs and report to the Legislature on the progress toward achieving a 20 percent reduction in urban water use. Dec 31, 2016 Reporting Water Conservation Act
10608.42

Status:  ONGOING. The department has reviewed the 2010 urban water management plans and reported to the Legislature on June 11, 2012. It will review the 2015 urban water management plans and report to the Legislature by December 31, 2016 on the status of the plans and on progress towards achieving a 20 percent reduction in urban water use by 2020. As of November 26 2013, 407 plans have been submitted to DWR.

U7 Update UWMP Guidebook Update the UWMP Guidebook to address legislative and procedural changes to the urban water management planning process that have occurred since 2005. No date specified Reporting Water Conservation Act
10608.50(a)(1)
Status:  COMPLETED. The “Guidebook to Assist Urban Water Suppliers to Prepare a 2010 Urban Water Management Plan” has been completed and posted online.  A new DWR on-line submittal tool (DOST) for UWMPs has been made available for urban suppliers. UWMP data can be entered in DOST by agencies or DWR staff in a database only accessible by DWR.
U8 Revise Urban Funding Criteria DWR will revise grant/loan criteria to make urban water suppliers ineligible for state funding unless they comply with the specific provisions of 10608.56. July 1, 2016 Public Process Water Conservation Act
10608.56(a)
Status:  INITIATE IN 2015.
AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS
A1 Quantification of Efficiency of Agricultural Water Use
DWR - in consultation with the AWMC, stakeholders, and academics - shall develop and report to the Legislature on a proposed methodology for quantifying the efficiency of agricultural water use. The report is to include an implementation plan, estimated implementation costs and types of data to support the methodology. Alternatives shall include determination of efficiency levels based on crop type or irrigation system distribution uniformity. Dec 31, 2011 Public Process Water Conservation Act
10608.64
Status: COMPLETED.  The final report, “A Proposed Methodology for Quantifying the Efficiency of Agricultural Water Use”, was completed and submitted to the Legislature in June 2012.
A2 Agricultural Water Measurement Regulation
DWR will adopt a regulation providing a range of options for water measurements that agricultural water suppliers may use to measure volume of water delivered to customers with sufficient accuracy to comply with the farm-gate delivery measurement requirement (531.10) and to implement pricing structure. No date specified Rule Making Water Conservation Act
10608.48(i)(1)
Status:  COMPLETED. The regulation was approved by OAL on July 11, 2012. The Regulation was amended to revise the Aggregated Farm-Gate Delivery Report Form. CWC adopted it in October 2013.
A3 Update Ag Efficient Water Mgt Practices
DWR may update the EWMPs in consultation with AWMC, the Reclamation and SWRCB. EWMPs shall be adopted or revised after public hearings. No date specified Public Process Water Conservation Act
10608.48(h)

Status: ONGOING. DWR is beginning to identify EWMPs revisions and discuss with stakeholders.

A4 Ag EWMP Report to Legislature DWR in consultation with the Water Board shall submit a report to the Legislature on agricultural EWMPs that have been and are planned to be implemented and an assessment of the manner in which the implementation of EWMP has affected and will affect agricultural operations, including estimated water use efficiency improvements, if any.  Subsequent reports will be prepared in 2016 and 2021. Dec 31, 2013 Reporting Water Conservation Act
10608.48(g)
Status: UNDERWAY. Ag Water Management Plans shall be adopted by ag water suppliers by December 31, 2012 and submitted to DWR within 30 days. DWR will submit the first report to the Legislature in December 2013.
A5 Ag Water Mgmt Plan Report to Legislature
DWR shall prepare and submit to the Legislature a report summarizing the status of the submitted plans, their outstanding elements, effectiveness of promoting efficient ag practices, and recommendations relating to proposed EWMP changes, as appropriate. The report will subsequently be submitted in years ending in six and one. Dec 31, 2013 Reporting Water Conservation Act
10845(a) through (c)
Status: UNDERWAY. Ag Water Management Plans shall be adopted by ag water suppliers by December 31, 2012 and submitted to DWR within 30 days. DWR will submit the first report to the Legislature in December 2013
A6 AWMP Guidebook DWR, in consultation with the SWRCB, may revise the requirements for AWMPs.  An AWMP Guidebook will be developed to address legislative and procedural issues for submittal of AWMP to DWR. No date specified Reporting Water Conservation Act
10608.50(a)(1)
Status:  COMPLETED.  The final document, “A Guidebook to Assist Agricultural Water Suppliers to Prepare a 2012 Agricultural Water Management Plan”, was published on November 6, 2012 and is posted on the website.
A7 Revise Ag Funding Criteria
DWR will develop grant/loan criteria to make agricultural water suppliers ineligible for state funding unless they comply with the specific provisions of 10608.56. July 1, 2013 Public Process Water Conservation Act
10608.56(b)
Status:  COMPLETED
A8 Aggregated Farm-gate Delivery Report
AB 1404 requires certain ag water suppliers to submit water delivery reports to DWR on an annual basis. 2013 by Regulation Public Process Water Code 531.10 (a)
Status:  COMPLETED. Water suppliers are submitting their aggregated farm-gate delivery report to DWR.
BOTH - AGRICULTURE AND URBAN PROJECTS
B1 Standardized Water Use Reporting DWR, in consultation with California Bay Delta Authority, California Department of Health, California Public Utilities Commission, and SWRCB, shall develop a single standardized water use reporting form to meet the water use information needs of each agency. The form will be used by urban water suppliers to report on their progress in meeting their targets (10608.40) on an individual or regional basis at a minimum and by agricultural water suppliers to report compliance with implementation of EWMPs. No date specified Agency Coordination and Stakeholder Input Water Conservation Act
10608.52(a) and (b)
Status:  ONGOING.  DWR has met with other participating agencies and is preparing the standardized data reporting form for review by stakeholders.
B2 Promote Regional Water Management DWR, in consultation with the board, shall promote implementation of regional water resources management practices through increased incentives and removal of barriers. No date specified Public Process Water Conservation Act
10608.50(a)
Status:  NOT INITIATED.  Project delayed until more resources are available.
B3 Statewide Targets for Regional Practices DWR shall propose new statewide targets or review and update existing statewide targets for regional water resources management practices including but not limited to recycled water, brackish groundwater desalination and infiltration and direct use of urban stormwater runoff.  Updated targets should be included in the California Water Plan. Jan 1, 2011 Water Plan Update Process Water Conservation Act
10608.50(b)
Status: ONGOING. Water recycling draft targets developed and data gathering for other resources is underway.

Acronyms: AB - Assembly Bill; AWMC - Agricultural Water Management Council (dissolved in 2013); AWMP - agricultural water management plan; CII - commercial, industrial & institutional; CUWCC - CA Urban Water Conservation Council; DWR - Department of Water Resources; EWMP - efficient water management practices; SB - Senate Bill; SWRCB - State Water Resources Control Board; UWMP - urban water management plan