My Assembly Bill 2438, joint authored with Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D – Sherman Oaks), will simplify the CEQA process governing installation of new recycled water pipelines in urban areas, within existing public streets, highways or rights-of-way for the distribution of reclaimed water. I am pleased to report the bill passed the Assembly.
By streamlining new pipeline construction, AB 2438 will help us here in our district as water reclaimed at the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility in Escondido will reach more local farms, golf courses, parks, and industries. Our farms will benefit when reclaimed water can reach them. Their new scientific innovations allow them to store and use the reclaimed water on their crops. Escondido Growers for Agricultural Preservation (EGAP), growescondido.com/, has been working with the City of Escondido to expand the use of recycled water for agriculture. According to Eddie Grangetto, Jr. of EGAP, AB 2438 , “…will expedite expansion of local water storage and conveyance facilities.”
Recycling water has a positive impact on the environment. It will help California meet its 2030 goal of creating 2.5 million additional acre-feet of recycled water. Millions of acre-feet of potentially recyclable water currently discharged into the ocean will be reduced, limiting beach closures and ocean contamination. Other environmental benefits include less reliance on the Colorado River, the State Water Project, on local lakes, along with reduced energy costs.
Supporters include the City of Escondido, California Farm Bureau Federation, San Diego County Farm Bureau, Southwest California Legislative Council, California Chamber of Commerce, and local water districts including Rincon, Valley Center and others.