If you don’t have time to attend a million meetings each week related to SB 606/AB 1668, CalWEP, RWA, and ACWA have teamed up and have you covered. Our team will post bi-weekly updates for each standard below keeping you up to date on the latest developments as the SWRCB and DWR go through the regulation and rulemaking process. Have something you think we should be covering? Reach out to us at [email protected]

To recap, here is the breakdown of the water use objective:

CII performance measures will also be developed and information related to these are included in the updates with CII Landscape Standards.

Updates by Standard

Legislative Timelines & Status

Upcoming DWR Dates:

  • Oct. 25, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMDWR Workshop: Outdoor and CII Standards DWR to provide update and solicit input on (1) outdoor water use standard, and (2) CII outdoor landscape area with dedicated irrigation meters standards. Click the following link for remote participation.
  • Nov. 16, 9:00 – 12: 00 PMDWR Workshop: Water Supply and Demand Assessment DWR to provide guidance for the Annual Water Supply and Demand Assessment (AWSDA). DWR will solicit input on the two key components of the AWSDA: (1) annual water shortage assessment guidance and reporting template, and (2) examples of water supply and demand assessment procedures to inform the annual water shortage assessment reporting. DWR will email out the draft guidance in early November ahead of the meeting.  Click the following link for remote participation.  
  • Nov. 16, 1:00 – 4:00 PMDWR Workshop: Outdoor and CII Recommendations DWR to present final draft recommendations (1) outdoor use standard, and (2) CII outdoor landscape area with dedicated irrigation meters standards. Click the following link for remote participation.  
  • Nov. 17, 9:00 AM – 12 PM, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PMDWR Workshop: Draft RecommendationsDWR to present final draft recommendations for (1) Variances, (2) CII Water Use Classification System, (3) Bonus Incentives. Present final draft recommendations on guidance and methodologies. Click the following link for remote participation.
  • Dec. 2, 1:00 – 3:00 PMSWRCB Public Workshop: Wastewater Management State Water Board to provide a detailed overview of the methods being used to evaluate potential impacts of the water use efficiency standards on local wastewater management, developed and natural parklands, and urban tree health. Click the following link for remote participation.
  • Dec. 3, 1:00 – 4:00 PMSWRCB Public Workshop: Urban Trees and Parklands SWRCB to provide a detailed overview of the methods being used to evaluate potential impacts of the water use efficiency standards on local wastewater management, developed and natural parklands, and urban tree health. Click the following link for remote participation.

Recent Events by Standard

Indoor Standard (DWR)

  • May 11 – DWR Draft Report proposed:
    • 2020: 55 gpcd (no change in current statute)
    • 2025: 47 gpcd (5.5 gpcd less than current statute)
    • 2030: 42 gpcd (8 gpcd less than current statute)
  • July 19 – Additional DWR Workshop and last opportunity for stakeholder comments
  • Mid-August – DWR expects to release final report with recommended standard (*recommended standard requires legislation to go into effect)

Outdoor Standard (DWR)

  • June 30 – Water suppliers Landscape Area Measurement (LAM) data correction/ request for ongoing data corrections
  • June 30 – Standards and Methodology Workgroup Meeting, DWR proposed:
    • ET adjustment factor of 0.7
    • Irrigable not irrigated (INI) used as buffer (20% of INI)
  • August 30 – Deadline for DWR to review submitted adjustment requests and deliver final LAM data to the suppliers
  • Next workshop: August

CII Performance Measures (DWR)

  • Ongoing discussions with DWR:
    • Threshold for mixed use meter conversion
    • Classification System
  • May 17 – DWR White Paper on BMPs
  • Next workshop: August 23 – DWR Monthly CII Meetings (fourth Monday)

Variance & Bonus (DWR)

  • July 21 @ 1:00 pm – DWR Monthly Meeting

Water Loss Performance Standards (State Water Board)

  • April 15 – Revised draft economic model and performance standards
  • Ongoing discussions:
    • CMUA Compliance Path – >30% reduction
    • Changes to economic model
  • Fall? – Formal Rulemaking w/ 45 public comment period

Water Supply and Demand Assessment (DWR)

  • July – Draft guidance document
  • August – Workshop

Presentations

September 29, 2021: Road to Water Use Efficiency Standards , SDCWA Presentation 

August 18, 2021: ACWA Water Use Efficiency Bi-Monthly Meeting

April 27, 2021: CalWEP Presentation to Water Conservation Showcase: Water Efficiency Standards: California Update

 

Comment Letters

ACWA/CMUA Outdoor Standard Comment Letter – August 17, 2021

ACWA Coalition Indoor Standard Comment Letter – June 4, 2021

RWA Indoor Standard Comment Letter – June 4, 2021

CalWEP Indoor Standard Comment Letter – June 4, 2021

 

 

Additional Resources

CalWEP Members: Framework Resource Hub

ACWA Members: Long-Term Water Use Efficiency Resources

DWR SharePoint

 

 

For any specific questions reach out to:
Tia Lebherz, CalWEP – [email protected]
Chelsea Haines, ACWA – [email protected]
Amy Talbot, RWA – [email protected]