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Chapter 1. General State Policy

Ca Codes (wat:100-112) Water Code Section 100-112



100. It is hereby declared that because of the conditions prevailing in this State the general welfare requires that the water resources of the State be put to beneficial use to the fullest extent of which they are capable, and that the waste or unreasonable use or unreasonable method of use of water be prevented, and that the conservation of such water is to be exercised with a view to the reasonable and beneficial use thereof in the interest of the people and for the public welfare. The right to water or to the use or flow of water in or from any natural stream or watercourse in this State is and shall be limited to such water as shall be reasonably required for the beneficial use to be served, and such right does not and shall not extend to the waste or unreasonable use or unreasonable method of use or unreasonable method of diversion of water.


100.5. It is hereby declared to be the established policy of this state that conformity of a use, method of use, or method of diversion of water with local custom shall not be solely determinative of its reasonableness, but shall be considered as one factor to be weighed in the determination of the reasonableness of the use, method of use, or method of diversion of water, within the meaning of Section 2 of Article X of the California Constitution.


101. Riparian rights in a stream or watercourse attach to, but to no more than so much of the flow thereof as may be required or used consistently with this and the next preceding section, for the purposes for which such lands are, or may be made adaptable, in view of such reasonable and beneficial uses; provided, however, that nothing in this or the next preceding section shall be construed as depriving any riparian owner of the reasonable use of water of the stream to which his land is riparian under reasonable methods of diversion and use, or of depriving any appropriator of water to which he is lawfully entitled.

102. All water within the State is the property of the people of the State, but the right to the use of water may be acquired by appropriation in the manner provided by law.


103. In the enactment of this code the Legislature does not intend thereby to effect any change in the law relating to water rights.


104. It is hereby declared that the people of the State have a paramount interest in the use of all the water of the State and that the State shall determine what water of the State, surface and underground, can be converted to public use or controlled for public protection.


105. It is hereby declared that the protection of the public interest in the development of the water resources of the State is of vital concern to the people of the State and that the State shall determine in what way the water of the State, both surface and underground, should be developed for the greatest public benefit.


106. It is hereby declared to be the established policy of this State that the use of water for domestic purposes is the highest use of water and that the next highest use is for irrigation.


106.5. It is hereby declared to be the established policy of this State that the right of a municipality to acquire and hold rights to the use of water should be protected to the fullest extent necessary for existing and future uses, but that no municipality shall acquire or hold any right to waste water, or to use water for other than municipal purposes, or to prevent the appropriation and application of water in excess of its reasonable and existing needs to useful purposes by others subject to the rights of the municipality to apply such water to municipal uses as and when necessity therefor exists.


106.7. (a) It is hereby declared to be the established policy of this state to support and encourage the development of environmentally compatible small hydroelectric projects as a renewable energy source, provided that the projects do not result in surface disturbances within the following sensitive areas: (1) Any component of the California Wild and Scenic Rivers System or the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. (2) Any river designated for study pursuant to Section 5(a) of the National Wild and Scenic River Act (16 U.S.C. 1276(a)). This paragraph shall not apply to any river which, upon the completion of the study, is not included in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. (3) Any state or federally designated wilderness area. (4) Any areas designated as a "Critical Condor Habitat" by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. (b) State agencies shall not approve small hydroelectric development within the sensitive areas specified in subdivision (a). (c) Significant adverse impacts associated with small hydroelectric projects shall be identified by those agencies responsible for the preparation of the environmental impact document. (d) Emphasis on the development of small hydroelectric power generating facilities which are "qualifying small power production facilities" under Section 210 of the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, shall be on existing dams, diversions, and canals with a sufficient drop so that power may be efficiently generated without significant environmental effects. (e) For hydroelectric power generating facilities, the applicant shall demonstrate that project revenues will exceed project costs, including the cost of mitigation measures over the life of the project. (f) Subdivisions (d) and (e) do not apply to projects with a nameplate capacity of less than 100 kilowatts.


107. The declaration of the policy of the State in this chapter is not exclusive, and all other or further declarations of policy in this code shall be given their full force and effect.


108. It is hereby declared to be the established policy of this State that in the development and completion of any general or co-ordinated plan prepared and published by the Department of Water Resources or any predecessor thereof or successor thereto, all uses, including needs of the area in which the water originates, of water shall be given consideration. Whenever the Legislature authorizes the construction or acquisition by the State of any project which will develop water for use outside the watershed in which it originates, the Legislature shall at the same time consider the authorization and the construction or acquisition of such other works as may be necessary to develop water to satisfy such of the reasonable ultimate requirements of such watershed as may be needed at the time the export project is authorized or as will be needed within a reasonable time thereafter. The authorization with respect to such additional works may provide for state acquisition or construction, in whole or in part, of any such additional works, or financial assistance to other entities in connection with the acquisition or construction of such works, or a combination thereof.


109. (a) The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the growing water needs of the state require the use of water in an efficient manner and that the efficient use of water requires certainty in the definition of property rights to the use of water and transferability of such rights. It is hereby declared to be the established policy of this state to facilitate the voluntary transfer of water and water rights where consistent with the public welfare of the place of export and the place of import. (b) The Legislature hereby directs the Department of Water Resources, the State Water Resources Control Board, and all other appropriate state agencies to encourage voluntary transfers of water and water rights, including, but not limited to, providing technical assistance to persons to identify and implement water conservation measures which will make additional water available for transfer.


112. (a) The efficiency of a reverse osmosis water treatment device means the percentage of water which passes through the water treatment device that is available for subsequent domestic use and which is not discharged directly from the device to the waste disposal system of the residence where the device is used. (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, after January 1, 1991, no reverse osmosis water treatment device shall be sold, installed, or rented, for residential use, including any general domestic purposes such as drinking, cleaning, washing, or sanitation, unless the device is equipped with an automatic waste shutoff device or, through other equipment design specifications, achieves or exceeds equal or greater water savings than would occur with an automatic shutoff device. (c) Effective January 1, 1993, any reverse osmosis water treatment device sold, installed, rented, or under service contract prior to January 1, 1991, for residential use shall be retrofit with an automatic waste shutoff device, or, through other equipment design specifications, achieve or exceed equal or greater water savings than would occur with an automatic shutoff device.


Chapter 2. State Administration Generally

Article 1. Department Of Water Resources

Ca Codes (wat:120-147) Water Code Section 120-147



120. There is in the Resources Agency the Department of Water Resources, which is under the control of an executive officer known as the Director of Water Resources. The director is appointed by the Governor and holds office at the pleasure of the Governor. The appointment of the director is subject to confirmation by the Senate at the next regular or special session of the Legislature, and the refusal or failure of the Senate to confirm the appointment shall create a vacancy in the office. The director shall receive an annual salary as provided for by Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 11550) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code and he is a member of the Governor's Council.

122. The director, in addition to being subject to removal from office by the Governor, may be removed from office by the Legislature, by concurrent resolution adopted by a majority vote of all members elected to each house, for dereliction of duty or corruption or incompetency.


123. Except as provided in Section 179, the department succeeds to and is vested with all of the powers, duties, purposes, responsibilities, and jurisdiction in matters pertaining to water or dams vested in the Department and Director of Public Works, the Division of Water Resources of the Department of Public Works, the State Engineer, the Water Project Authority of the State of California, or any officer of employee thereof. The department also succeeds to and is vested with all of the powers, duties, purposes, responsibilities, and jurisdiction of the Department of Finance under Part 2 (commencing at Section 10500) of Division 6. The department succeeds to and is vested with all of the powers, duties, purposes, responsibilities, and jurisdiction vested in the State Water Resources Board, except as provided in Article 2 (commencing at Section 150) of Chapter 2 of this division. Any commission or other body heretofore or hereafter created by the Legislature to formulate a compact with a similar commission or body from another state relative to the distribution and use of the waters of any interstate streams or bodies of water, including but not limited to the California Klamath River Commission and the California-Nevada Interstate Compact Commission, shall, in formulating a provision in any such compact for the administration of the terms of the compact, provide that the Department of Water Resources shall be the representative of the State of California for the purpose of such administration.


124. Except to the extent inconsistent with the provisions of this code, the provisions of Chapter 2 (commencing at Section 11150), Part 1, Division 3, Title 2 of the Government Code shall govern and apply to the conduct of the Department of Water Resources in every respect the same as if such provisions were herein set forth at length, and whenever in that chapter the term "head of the department" or similar designation occurs, for the purposes of this section it shall mean the director.


125. For the purpose of administration, the director shall organize the department with the approval of the Governor in the manner he deems necessary to segregate and conduct the work of the department properly. With the approval of the Governor, the director may create such divisions and subdivisions as may be necessary and change or abolish them from time to time. The director with the approval of the Governor may establish branch offices in hydrographic or other regions of the State in order to assure the expeditious conduct of the work of the department in such region, and to assure free and rapid communication of local problems and recommendations to the department and may change or abolish any such branch offices from time to time. Any branch office so established shall be under the control of a branch office manager who, subject to the direction and control of the director, shall represent the department in all matters under the department's jurisdiction in the region.


126. There shall be one Deputy Director of Water Resources who shall be a civil executive officer and shall be appointed by the Governor and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The compensation of the deputy director shall be fixed by the director pursuant to law. The deputy director shall have such duties as shall be assigned, from time to time, by the director, and he shall be responsible to the director for the performance thereof.


127. The department may employ legal counsel who shall advise the director, represent the department in connection with legal matters before other boards and agencies of the state, and may, when authorized by the Attorney General, represent the department and the state in litigation concerning affairs of the department. In any event, the legal counsel of the department may, with the approval of the director and with the consent of the court before which the action is pending, present to the court the views of the department with respect to the action. Sections 955.4, 955.6, 11041, 11042, 11043, and the first sentence of Section 11157 of the Government Code do not apply to the department.


127.5. The department may utilize the program manager class series that was created for the California Bay-Delta Authority, for positions to manage vital departmental activities, including those relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation, water management, and statewide planning.


128. (a) In times of extraordinary stress and of disaster, resulting from storms and floods, or where damage to watershed lands by forest fires has created an imminent threat of floods and damage by water, mud, or debris upon the occurrence of storms, the department may perform any work required or take any remedial measures necessary to avert, alleviate, repair, or restore damage or destruction to property having a general public and state interest and to protect the health, safety, convenience, and welfare of the general public of the state. In carrying out that work, the department may perform the work itself or through or in cooperation with any other state department or agency, the federal government, or any political subdivision, city, or district. (b) This section is intended to supplement the emergency services of the state, and nothing in this section overrides or supersedes the authority of the Secretary of Emergency Management to coordinate and supervise state action, upon a declaration of a state of emergency, under the California Emergency Services Act (Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 8550) of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code) or the Disaster Assistance Act (Chapter 7.5 (commencing with Section 8680) of that division).

130. The department may prepare, publish, and issue such printed pamphlets and bulletins as the director deems necessary for the dissemination of information to the public concerning the activities of the several divisions of the department. Funds available for the support of the several divisions may, with the approval of the Department of Finance, be used to pay the cost of preparation, publication, and distribution.


131. The department may employ such assistance as may be necessary for the proper discharge of its duties, and may purchase or rent any necessary supplies, instruments, tools, equipment, and conveniences.


132. Where work to be performed, which would otherwise be subject to the State Contract Act, does not lend itself to the preparation of plans and specifications to enable bids to be taken on a lump sum or unit basis, the department may perform such work by the use of rented tools or equipment, either with operators furnished or unoperated. Contracts for such rentals shall not be subject to the State Contract Act, but shall be subject to all of the provisions of Section 136.5 of the Streets and Highways Code.


133. The department may cooperate and contract with any agency of the State or of the United States in order to carry out its powers and purposes.

134. The department may expend money appropriated for the administration of the laws the enforcement of which is committed to the department. The department may expend such money for the use, support, or maintenance of any appropriate state agency within the department. Such expenditures by the department shall be made in accordance with law in carrying on the work for which the appropriations were made.


134.5. The Director of Finance shall administratively establish positions necessary to implement activities funded by the appropriations made in Division 33 (commencing with Section 83000).


135. The Water Resources Revolving Fund in the State Treasury is continued in existence. With the approval of the Department of Finance, there shall be transferred to, or deposited in, the fund all money appropriated, contributed, or made available from any source, including sources other than state appropriations, for expenditure on work within the powers and duties of the Department of Water Resources, including but not limited to services, new construction, major construction and equipment, minor construction, maintenance, improvements and equipment, hydraulic or other improvement projects, investigations, surveys, experiments, and reports, as authorized by the state agency for which such an appropriation is made or, as to funds from sources other than state appropriations, as may be authorized by written agreement between the contributor or contributors of such funds and the Department of Water Resources (or any predecessor), when approved by the Department of Finance. Money so transferred or deposited is available for expenditure by the Department of Water Resources, for the purposes for which appropriated, contributed, or made available, without regard to fiscal years and irrespective of the provisions of Section 16304 of the Government Code. The Department of Water Resources may withdraw from the fund for use in work for other public agencies, local, state, or federal, such sums as may be necessary for such work where the money to be paid by such other agencies is not deposited in said fund in advance of the work being done.


135.1. All sums in the Water Resources Revolving Fund in the State Treasury, maintained pursuant to Section 135, in a sum not to exceed seven hundred fifty thousand dollars ($750,000), the source of which is attributable to the General Fund, and which are held for the purposes of a payroll reserve for vacation, leave, compensating time off, and like purposes, and which, in the judgment of the Department of Finance, are determined to be surplus to the requirements for payments for such purposes on a current basis, shall be available, during the 1968-1969 fiscal year, as follows: (a) Not exceeding two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) for transfer to the State Water Quality Control Fund; except that any such sum shall be retransferred to the General Fund from the State Water Quality Control Fund in the 1969-1970 fiscal year. (b) Not exceeding five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for transfer to the General Fund.

136. The Department of Water Resources shall file against the Water Resources Revolving Fund all claims covering expenditures incurred in connection with services, new construction, major construction and equipment, minor construction, maintenance, improvements and equipment, hydraulic or other improvement projects, investigations, surveys, experiments and reports, and the State Controller shall draw his warrant therefor against that fund.


137. The Department of Water Resources shall keep a record of all expenditures chargeable against each specific portion of the revolving fund, and any unused balance in any portion of the fund shall on approval by the Department of Finance be withdrawn from the revolving fund and transferred to the credit of the appropriation from which it was transferred or, as to funds from other than state appropriations, be paid out or refunded as provided in the agreement relating to the contributions.


138. The director may authorize the refund of moneys received or collected by the department in payment of fees, licenses, permits, tolls, or for rentals, property or services, wherein the license, permit, rental, property or service cannot lawfully be issued, furnished, or transferred to the person making the payment, or in cases where the payment in whole or in part represents overpayment or payment in duplicate.


138.9. (a) Subject to subdivisions (b) and (c), commencing on January 1, 2003, and annually thereafter, the department shall prepare and submit to the Legislature a report that includes a description of the progress achieved by the department with regard to meeting the goals of the Bay-Delta Program and the implementation schedule established in the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, Programmatic Record of Decision dated August 2000, and the Framework Agreement dated June 9, 2000. (b) Upon the creation, by statute, of an entity to assume the responsibilities previously undertaken by federal and state officials in connection with the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, that entity shall carry out the duties described in subdivision (a) in the place of the department. (c) If, at any time on or after January 1, 2003, the department is not required to implement the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, Programmatic Record of Decision dated August 2000, the department need not prepare the report described in subdivision (a).


138.10. (a) On or before January 1, 2006, the director, in collaboration with the Secretary of Interior or his or her designee, shall prepare a plan to meet the existing permit and license conditions for which the department has an obligation, as described in the State Water Resources Control Board Decision No. 1641. (b) The plan shall be designed to achieve compliance with the permit and license conditions described in subdivision (a). The director shall prepare the plan, and submit copies of the plan to the board and the California Bay-Delta Authority, prior to increasing the existing permitted diversion rate at the State Water Project's Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant. (c) Nothing in this section limits or restricts the department in its operation of the State Water Project due to failure of other water rights permittees or licensees to meet water quality conditions of their respective permits or licenses.


138.12. (a) Except as otherwise provided in a general obligation bond act, the maximum amount that may be allocated for administrative expenses shall not exceed 5 percent of the total amount of funds that the department is required to administer and that are derived from a general obligation bond act that is approved on or after January 1, 2007. (b) The maximum amount that may be allocated for administrative expenses shall not exceed 5 percent of the total amount of funds that result from the sale of revenue bonds by the department.


139.2. The department shall evaluate the potential impacts on water supplies derived from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta based on 50-, 100-, and 200-year projections for each of the following possible impacts on the delta: (1) Subsidence. (2) Earthquakes. (3) Floods. (4) Changes in precipitation, temperature, and ocean levels. (5) A combination of the impacts specified in paragraphs (1) to (4), inclusive.


139.4. (a) The department and the Department of Fish and Game shall determine the principal options for the delta. (b) The department shall evaluate and comparatively rate each option determined in subdivision (a) for its ability to do the following: (1) Prevent the disruption of water supplies derived from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. (2) Improve the quality of drinking water supplies derived from the delta. (3) Reduce the amount of salts contained in delta water and delivered to, and often retained in, our agricultural areas. (4) Maintain delta water quality for delta users. (5) Assist in preserving delta lands. (6) Protect water rights of the "area of origin" and protect the environments of the Sacramento-San Joaquin river systems. (7) Protect highways, utility facilities, and other infrastructure located within the delta. (8) Preserve, protect, and improve delta levees. (c) The Department of Fish and Game shall evaluate and comparatively rate each option determined in subdivision (a) for its ability to restore salmon and other fisheries that use the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary. (d) On or before January 1, 2008, the department and the Department of Fish and Game shall jointly report to the Legislature and Governor, in writing, with regard to the results of the evaluation required by Section 139.2 and the comparative ratings required by subdivisions (b) and (c).


141. (a) The department may establish a program to authorize private entities to lease space above or adjacent to appropriate conveyance facilities of the State Water Project for the purpose of installing solar photovoltaic panels and systems for generating electricity from those panels and transferring electricity through the related systems. Upon request, the department shall evaluate proposals for installing solar photovoltaic panels and related systems for the generation and transfer of electricity. A proposal submitted to the department for evaluation shall include, but need not be limited to, an engineering study of the proposed solar photovoltaic panels and related systems and an evaluation of the effect the solar photovoltaic panels and related systems may have on water supply, water quality, worker safety, and liability considerations. The costs of the engineering study and the department' s evaluation shall be paid by the person or entity making the request. (b) After approval of a proposal as described in subdivision (a), the department may negotiate any level of compensation for an agreement for the installation of solar photovoltaic panels and related systems that is equal to, or greater than, the cost to the department of meeting its obligations under the agreement. These costs shall include, but are not limited to, the costs of operating and maintaining State Water Project facilities and lease administration that are directly related to the lease and use of the conveyance facilities.


141.5. The department shall proceed with the construction of the South Delta Improvements Program, but shall not commence the operational phase of the program until the director certifies, in writing, to the Legislature that the department has completed the operational studies of the project and that the environmental review required by the California Environmental Quality Act (Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources Code) includes a comparison between the implementation of the program and the maintenance of current operations.


142. (a) In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with water and energy usage, on and after January 1, 2008, the department shall do all of the following: (1) Comply with the same greenhouse gas emissions performance standards adopted pursuant to Section 8341 of the Public Utilities Code for a local publicly owned electric utility for new electricity contracts. (2) Use reasonable, feasible, and cost-effective efforts to use energy efficiently, and to increase use of renewable energy in the department's water operations and in the renegotiation of existing electricity contracts entered into pursuant to Division 27 (commencing with Section 80000). (b) On or before March 1, 2008, and at least once every year thereafter until December 31, 2015, the department shall report to the Legislature and the Governor on the implementation of this section, including, but not limited to, all of the following: (1) The status of any contracts it has for fossil fuel generated electricity and its efforts to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels. (2) Changes to the portfolio of existing energy contracts entered into pursuant to Division 27 (commencing with Section 80000) that have occurred, or are expected to occur, that will alter the contracts' costs, term, or quantity, or the composition of resources used to deliver power under the contracts.


147. (a) On or before January 10, 2010, and annually thereafter, the department shall prepare and submit to the chairpersons of the fiscal committees of the Legislature a report with regard to the budget for the State Water Resources Development System. (b) The department shall include in the report all of the following information: (1) A description of the expenditures made, or projected to be made, as applicable, on behalf of the State Water Resources Development System, by program and fund, and of the total revenues expended, or projected to be expended, as applicable, for that system, including each fund source. (2) A description of the positions within the department that carry out functions related to the State Water Resources Development System, and the total number of those positions. (3) A description of any funds, other than funds generated by the State Water Resources Development System, that are expended, or projected to be expended, as applicable, for the State Water Resources Development System, including those funds used for cost-sharing purposes. (4) An itemization of all contracts related to the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan financed, or projected to be financed, as applicable, in full or in part with funds generated by the State Water Resources Development System, including the dollar amount of those contracts and a brief description of the purposes of those contracts. (c) The department shall include in each report information relating to three fiscal years that include the two completed fiscal years that immediately precede the year in which the report is due, along with applicable information for the fiscal year in which the report is due. The department shall prepare the first report required under subdivision (a) for the 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10 fiscal years.


Article 2. California Water Commission

Ca Codes (wat:150-166) Water Code Section 150-166



150. There is in the Department of Water Resources the California Water Commission.


151. The California Water Commission consists of nine members who are appointed by the Governor subject to the confirmation of the Senate, as provided in this article.


152. Seven members of the California Water Commission appointed by the Governor shall be selected and approved for appointment on the basis of their general educational and business qualifications, and their knowledge of, interest in, and experience with problems relating to the control, storage, and beneficial use of water. They shall be appointed in such a manner as to afford representation on the commission of all parts of the state so far as it is practicable. In considering qualifications of such members of the commission, engineering ability and experience shall be deemed advisable. Two members of the commission appointed by the Governor shall be members of the public having an interest in and knowledge of the environment and need have none of the other qualifications specified in this section. The next two members appointed to the commission by the Governor after the effective date of the amendment of this section at the 1970 Regular Session of the Legislature shall be members of the public having such interest in and knowledge of the environment.


153. (a) The terms of the members of the California Water Commission in office as of January 1, 1958, shall expire as follows: (1) One member on January 15, 1958. (2) Two members on January 15, 1959. (3) Two members on January 15, 1960. (4) Two members on January 15, 1961. (b) The terms of the two additional members of the commission provided for by Chapter 2112 of the Statutes of 1959 shall expire as follows: (1) One member on January 15, 1962. (2) One member on January 15, 1963. (c) The terms of the successors to the members shall be for four years.


153.5. (a) Notwithstanding Sections 153 and 154, the term of any member of the California Water Commission, whose appointment has been confirmed by the Senate and who is serving a term that is unexpired as of January 1, 2011, shall expire on May 14, 2014. (b) Commencing May 14, 2014, members shall be appointed to the unexpired terms succeeding to the terms specified in Section 153.


154. Appointments shall be for terms of four years. Vacancies shall be immediately filled by the Governor for the unexpired portion of the terms in which they occur.


155. The appointments made by the Governor to membership on the California Water Commission shall be subject to confirmation by the Senate at the next regular or special session of the Legislature and the refusal or failure of the Senate to confirm an appointment shall create a vacancy in the office to which the appointment was made.


156. The members of the California Water Commission may be removed from office by the Legislature, by concurrent resolution adopted by a majority vote of all members elected to each house, for dereliction of duty or corruption or incompetency.


157. Each member of the California Water Commission shall receive one hundred dollars ($100) for each day during which the member is engaged in the performance of official duties, but shall not be compensated for more than 40 days in any one fiscal year, except that the chairperson of the commission may be compensated for up to 60 days for performance of those duties. In addition to that compensation, each member shall be reimbursed for necessary traveling and other expenses incurred in the performance of official duties.


158. The California Water Commission shall maintain its headquarters at Sacramento and shall hold meetings at such times and at such places as shall be determined by it. All meetings of the commission shall be open and public.

159. Special meetings may be called at any time by the chairman or by the executive officer at the request of any four members, upon notice specifying the matters to be acted upon at such meeting, but no other matters shall be acted upon at special meetings which were not so noticed, unless all members are present and consent thereto.


160. The members of the California Water Commission shall select one of the members to serve as chairman, who shall hold office as chairman at the pleasure of the commission.


161. The California Water Commission shall confer with, advise, and make recommendations to the director with respect to any matters and subjects under his jurisdiction. The rulemaking power of the department shall be exercised in the following manner. All rules and regulations of the department, other than those relating exclusively to the internal administration and management of the department, shall be first presented by the director to the commission and shall become effective only upon approval thereof by the commission.


161.5. The California Water Commission shall have the power to name all facilities of the State Water Resources Development System owned by the state. The commission may receive testimony from the public on matters involving its responsibilities under this section, and, after public hearing for the purpose of considering all proposed names for such facilities, may, by resolution, express its decision regarding the naming of specific facilities of the State Water Resources Development System.


162. It is the intention of the Legislature that in the making of all major departmental determinations, policies and procedures, such as departmental recommendations to the Legislature, the director and the California Water Commission shall be in agreement whenever possible; but for the purpose of fixing responsibility to the Governor and to the Legislature, in the event of disagreement between the director and the commission upon such matters, the views of the director shall prevail. In the event of disagreement pursuant to this section, a written report upon such disagreement shall be made immediately to the Governor and to the President pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly by the commission and by the director.


163. The commission may employ an executive officer, exempt from civil service, under subdivision (e) of Section 4 of Article XXIV of the Constitution, and a staff engineer from the staff of the department who shall be responsible to the commission. The commission may also employ such clerical assistants as may be necessary for the proper discharge of its duties and may purchase or rent necessary supplies, instruments, tools, equipment and conveniences.


163.5. The department shall furnish to the California Water Commission, at its request, such assistance, including technical, legal, and clerical services, as is required to the extent funds are made available therefor.

164. The commission may hold any hearings and conduct any investigations in any part of the state necessary to carry out the powers vested in it, and for such purposes has the powers conferred upon heads of departments of the state by Article 2 (commencing with Section 11180), Chapter 2, Part 1, Division 3, Title 2 of the Government Code. Any hearing or investigation by the commission may be conducted by any member or nominee upon authorization of the commission, and he shall have the powers granted to the commission by this section, but any final action of the commission shall be taken by a majority of the members of the commission at a meeting duly called and held.


165. The California Water Commission shall conduct an annual review of the progress of construction and operation of the State Water Resources Development System, and shall make a report on its findings to the department and to the Legislature, together with whatever recommendations it deems appropriate.


166. The California Water Commission shall hold public hearings on all additional facilities proposed to be added to the State Water Resources Development System by the department pursuant to the authority granted by Sections 12931 and 12938.


Article 3. State Water Resources Control Board

Ca Codes (wat:174-188.5) Water Code Section 174-188.5



174. The Legislature hereby finds and declares that in order to provide for the orderly and efficient administration of the water resources of the state it is necessary to establish a control board which shall exercise the adjudicatory and regulatory functions of the state in the field of water resources. It is also the intention of the Legislature to combine the water rights and the water pollution and water quality functions of state government to provide for consideration of water pollution and water quality, and availability of unappropriated water whenever applications for appropriation of water are granted or waste discharge requirements or water quality objectives are established.


175. (a) There is in the California Environmental Protection Agency the State Water Resources Control Board consisting of five members appointed by the Governor. One of the members appointed shall be an attorney admitted to practice law in this state who is qualified in the fields of water supply and water rights, one shall be a registered civil engineer under the laws of this state who is qualified in the fields of water supply and water rights, one shall be a registered professional engineer under the laws of this state who is experienced in sanitary engineering and who is qualified in the field of water quality, and one shall be qualified in the field of water quality. One of the above-appointed persons, in addition to having the specified qualifications, shall be qualified in the field of water supply and water quality relating to irrigated agriculture. One member shall not be required to have specialized experience. (b) Each member shall represent the state at large and not any particular portion thereof and shall serve full time. The board shall, to the extent possible, be composed of members from different regions of the state. The appointments made by the Governor shall be subject to confirmation by the Senate in accordance with Article 2 (commencing with Section 1770) of Chapter 4 of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code.


175.5. (a) No member of the board shall participate in any board action pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 13320) of Chapter 5 of Division 7 which involves himself or herself or any waste discharger with which the board member is connected as a director, officer or employee, or in which the board member has a financial interest in the decision within the meaning of Section 87103 of the Government Code. (b) No board member shall participate in any proceeding before any regional board as a consultant or in any other capacity on behalf of any waste discharger. (c) Upon the request of any person, or on the Attorney General's own initiative, the Attorney General may file a complaint in the superior court for the county in which the board has its principal office alleging that a board member has knowingly violated this section and the facts upon which the allegation is based and asking that the member be removed from office. Further proceedings shall be in accordance as near as may be with rules governing civil actions. If after trial the court finds that the board member has knowingly violated this section it shall pronounce judgment that the member be removed from office.


176. The annual salary of the members of the board is provided for by Chapter 6 (commencing at Section 11550) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. Each member of the board shall receive the necessary traveling and other expenses incurred by him in the performance of his official duties out of appropriations made for the support of the board. When necessary the members of the board may travel within or without the State.


177. All members of the board shall be appointed for terms of four years. Vacancies shall be immediately filled by the Governor for the unexpired portion of the terms in which they occur.


178. The members of the board may be removed from office by the Legislature, by concurrent resolution adopted by a majority vote of all members elected to each house, for dereliction of duty or corruption or incompetency.

179. The board succeeds to and is vested with all of the powers, duties, purposes, responsibilities, and jurisdiction vested in the Department and Director of Public Works, the Division of Water Resources of the Department of Public Works, the State Engineer, the State Water Quality Control Board, or any officer or employee thereof, under Division 2 (commencing with Section 1000), except Part 4 (commencing with Section 4000) and Part 6 (commencing with Section 5900) thereof; and Division 7 (commencing with Section 13000) of this code, or any other law under which permits or licenses to appropriate water are issued, denied, or revoked or under which the functions of water pollution and quality control are exercised.


179.6. The board, or representatives authorized by the board to do so, may call, conduct or attend conferences or hearings, official or unofficial, within or without this state, or otherwise participate in such conferences or hearings with interested persons, agencies or officers, of this or any other state, or with the Congress of the United States, congressional committees, or officers of the federal government, concerning any matter within the scope of the power and duties of the board.


179.7. As to any matter involving the United States, its departments or agencies, which is within the scope of the power and duties of the board, the board may represent the interest of the state or any county, city, state agency or public district upon their request, and to that end may correspond, confer and cooperate with the United States, its departments or agencies, and where necessary the board members, or authorized representatives, may travel either within or without the state.


181. The board shall maintain its headquarters at Sacramento and may establish branch offices in such parts of the state as the board deems necessary. The board shall hold meetings at such times and at such places as shall be determined by it. The Governor shall designate the time and place for the first meeting of the board. Three members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of transacting any business of the board.


182. The Governor shall designate the chairperson of the board from the membership of the board. The person so designated shall hold the office of chairperson at the pleasure of the Governor. The board shall elect a vice chairperson.

183. The board may hold any hearings and conduct any investigations in any part of the state necessary to carry out the powers vested in it, and for such purposes has the powers conferred upon heads of departments of the state by Article 2 (commencing with Section 11180), Chapter 2, Part 1, Division 3, Title 2 of the Government Code. Any hearing or investigation by the board may be conducted by any member upon authorization of the board, and he shall have the powers granted to the board by this section, but any final action of the board shall be taken by a majority of all the members of the board, at a meeting duly called and held. All hearings held by the board or by any member thereof shall be open and public


184. The Department of Water Resources shall have an interest and may appear as a party in any hearing held by the board and may commence or appear in any judicial proceeding brought to inquire into the validity of any action, order, or decision of the board.


185. The board shall adopt rules for the conduct of its affairs in conformity, as nearly as practicable, with the provisions of Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

186. (a) The board shall have any powers, and may employ any legal counsel and other personnel and assistance, that may be necessary or convenient for the exercise of its duties authorized by law. (b) For the purpose of administration, the board shall organize itself, with the approval of the Governor, in the manner it deems necessary properly to segregate and conduct the work of the board. The work of the board shall be divided into at least two divisions, known as the Division of Water Rights and the Division of Water Quality. The board shall appoint a deputy director or division chief for each division, who shall supervise the work of the division and act as technical adviser to the board on functions under his or her jurisdiction. (c) The Attorney General shall represent the board, or any affected regional water quality control board, or both the board and the regional board, and the state in litigation concerning affairs of the board, or a regional board, or both, unless the Attorney General represents another state agency that is a party to the action. In that case, the Attorney General may represent the board, the regional board, or both, with the written consent of the board and the other state agency, the board may contract for the services of private counsel to represent the board, the regional board, or both, subject to Section 11040 of the Government Code, or the legal counsel of the board may represent the board, the regional board, or both. Sections 11041, 11042, and 11043 of the Government Code are not applicable to the board. The legal counsel of the board shall advise and furnish legal services, except representation in litigation, to the regional boards upon their request.


187. The board, regional water quality control boards, the Department of Water Resources, and other state agencies shall, to the fullest extent possible, exchange records, reports, material, and any other information relating to water, water rights, water pollution or quality, or any areas of mutual concern, to the end that unnecessary duplication of effort may be avoided.


188. The board may expend money appropriated for the administration of the laws the administration of which is committed to the board. Such expenditures by the board shall be made in accordance with law in carrying on the work for which the appropriations were made.


188.5. The board shall publish biennial progress reports relating to the activities of the board and California regional water quality control boards.


Article 4. State Representation On Regional Water Resources Commissions

Ca Codes (wat:190) Water Code Section 190



190. Whenever the State of California is specifically invited by federal law to participate in any interstate commission to plan for the regional development of water and related resources, the Governor shall appoint each California member of such commission. The appointment of each such member shall be subject to confirmation by the Senate, and the member appointed shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The provisions of this section shall also apply to the Western States Water Council established by the Western Governors' Conference at its meeting in Portland, Oregon, in June 1965. Each member appointed by the Governor to the Western States Water Council shall receive the actual and necessary expenses incurred by him in the performance of his duties as a member, including travel expenses. Additionally, each such member, except persons who are officers or employees of the state, shall receive a compensation of twenty-five dollars ($25) for each day such member is engaged in the performance of his duties as a member. Such expenses and compensation shall be paid from the budget of the Department of Water Resources. The provisions of this section do not in any manner affect the provisions of Section 123 which provide for state administration of interstate compacts relative to the distribution and use of the waters of any interstate streams or bodies of water.


Chapter 2.5. Miscellaneous Powers Of Department

Article 1. Participation In Associations

Ca Codes (wat:205) Water Code Section 205



205. The department may join associations of representatives of other States which have been established for not less than 10 years and which have for their purpose the promotion of reclamation and irrigation and cooperation between the several States and the Federal Government in matters relating to reclamation and irrigation. The department may collaborate and cooperate with other members of the association selected in accordance with the constitution and by-laws of such association, relative to matters of public interest to the State within the scope of the activities of such association. The department may, from any of its funds available for the purpose, make expenditures for the pro rata share of the expenses of such association attributable to California and for the services performed by such association for the State.


Article 2. Surveys, Investigations, And Distribution Of Water

Ca Codes (wat:225-238) Water Code Section 225-238



225. The department may carry on topographic surveys and investigations into matters pertaining to the water resources of the State along the lines of hydrography, hydroeconomics, and the use and distribution of water for agricultural purposes, and to that end, where possible and to the best interest of the State, shall enter into contracts for cooperation with the different departments of the Federal Government. The department, with the consent of the Governor, may maintain and continue such surveys and investigations where there is available money not covered by cooperative contract.


226. The department, either independently or in co-operation with any person or any county, state, federal, or other agency, may do any of the following: (a) Conduct investigations of all or any portion of any stream, stream system, lake or other body of water. (b) Investigate either or both surface and underground water conditions. (c) Collect records of diversion and use of water. (d) Supervise distribution of water in accordance with agreements and court orders therefor. (e) Conduct investigations of the rate of use of water for various purposes and considering various soil conditions.


227. The department may investigate any natural situation available for reservoirs or reservoir systems for gathering and distributing flood or other water not under beneficial use in any stream, stream system, lake, or other body of water. The department may ascertain the feasibility of projects for such reservoirs or reservoir systems, the supply of water that may thereby be made available, and the extent and character of the areas that may be thereby irrigated. The department may estimate the cost of such projects.


228. The department shall gather and correlate information and data pertinent to an annual forecast of seasonal water crop, including the making of snow surveys, either independently or in cooperation with any person or any county, State, Federal, or other agency.


229. The department, either independently or in cooperation with any person or any county, state, federal, or other agency, to the extent that funds are allocated therefor, shall investigate conditions of the quality of all waters within the state, including saline waters, coastal and inland, as related to all sources of pollution of whatever nature. The department may recommend any steps which might be taken to improve or protect the quality of such waters. The department shall coordinate its investigations fully with the board.

230. The department, either independently or in cooperation with any person or any county, state, federal, or other agency, or upon the request of the State Water Resources Control Board, to the extent funds are allocated therefor, shall conduct surveys and investigations relating to the reclamation of water from wastes for beneficial purposes, including but not limited to the determination of quantities of such water presently wasted, and possibilities of use of such water for recharge of underground storage or for agricultural or industrial uses.

231. The department, either independently or in cooperation with any person or any county, state, federal or other agency, shall investigate and survey conditions of damage to quality of underground waters, which conditions are or may be caused by improperly constructed, abandoned or defective wells through the interconnection of strata or the introduction of surface waters into underground waters. The department shall report to the appropriate California regional water quality control board its recommendations for minimum standards of well construction in any particular locality in which it deems regulation necessary to protection of quality of underground water, and shall report to the Legislature from time to time, its recommendations for proper sealing of abandoned wells.


233. No plans or proposal for authorization of a project for construction or operation by the State shall be submitted to the Legislature by the Department of Water Resources unless the plans or proposal includes (1) the comments and recommendations, if any, of the Department of Fish and Game and (2) provision for any water or facilities necessary for public recreation and the preservation and enhancement of fish and wildlife resources that the Department of Water Resources determines to be justifiable in terms of statewide interest, and feasible, as a nonreimbursable cost of the project.


234. The department, either independently or in co-operation with or through any person or any county, state, federal or other agency, is authorized to investigate, excavate, and preserve any historic or prehistoric ruin or monument, or any object of antiquity, situated in areas to be used for state water development purposes.


235. The department, either independently or in co-operation with any person or any county, state, federal, or other agency, to the extent that funds are allocated therefor, may conduct a program of study, research, experimentation, and evaluation in the field of weather modification, including the production and control of rainfall by artificial means, and it may contract with public and private organizations and persons for research relative thereto.


236. The department, either independently or in cooperation with any person or any county, state, federal, or other agency, is authorized to collect hydrologic data necessary for river forecasting, to make forecasts of stream flow, to provide for flood warning, and to provide for communication necessary for the collection and dissemination of such information.


238. (a) The department shall conduct studies of the Sacramento River and the Feather River and their tributaries north of Sacramento, including watershed hydrologic inventories and studies of water sources and supplies to meet local needs, flood control, water quality, seepage and erosion control, fishery restoration, and preservation of riparian habitat. The department shall submit the results of its studies and its recommendations to the Legislature.


Article 2.5. Acquisition And Disposal Of Property

Ca Codes (wat:250-260) Water Code Section 250-260



250. In the name of the people of the State of California, the department may acquire by eminent domain any property necessary for state water and dam purposes. The department shall not commence any such proceeding in eminent domain unless the project for which the property is being acquired has been authorized and funds are available therefor.


252. Subject to Sections 1240.670 and 1240.680 of the Code of Civil Procedure, the real property which the department may acquire by eminent domain, or otherwise, includes any property dedicated to park purposes, however it may have been dedicated.


253. The department may acquire, either in fee or in any lesser estate or interest, any real property which it considers necessary for state water and dam purposes. Real property for such purposes includes, but is not limited to, real property considered necessary for any of the following purposes: (a) For rights of way. (b) For the purposes of exchanging the same for other real property to be used for rights of way. (c) For rock quarries, gravel pits, or sand or earth borrow pits. (d) For offices, shops, or storage yards. (e) For parks adjoining or near any state dam or water facility. (f) For the culture and support of trees which benefit any state dam or water facility by aiding in the maintenance and preservation of the facility. (g) For drainage in connection with any state dam or water facility.


257. The director may execute all deeds or conveyances necessary to convey any real property or interest therein to be sold or exchanged under the provisions of this code. He may insert in any such deed or conveyance such conditions, covenants, exceptions and reservations as in his opinion are in the public interest or may convey in fee simple absolute. All statutes relating to state lands or to reservations of minerals therein or to reservations of rights to prospect for or mine or remove such minerals are inapplicable to lands heretofore or hereafter acquired by the State or conveyed by the State pursuant to the provisions of this code or pursuant to the provisions of previously existing statutes codified in this code, and no such statute in respect to state lands hereafter enacted shall be applicable thereto unless the Legislature expressly so declares. It shall be conclusively presumed in favor of any purchaser for value and without notice of any real property or interest therein conveyed pursuant to the provisions of this code that the department acted within its lawful authority in acquiring the property, and that the director acted within his lawful authority in executing any deed or conveyance or lease authorized by this code.


258. The authority conferred by this code to acquire real property for state dam and water purposes includes authority to acquire for future needs. The department is authorized to lease any lands which are held for state dam and water purposes and are not presently needed therefor on such terms and conditions as the director may fix and to maintain and care for such property in order to secure rent therefrom.


259. When the department condemns the property of any common carrier railroad, other public utility, or state agency, or the appurtenances thereof, it shall be governed by Article 3 (commencing with Section 11590) of Chapter 6 of Part 3 of Division 6.


260. In any lease, easement, or right of entry agreement entered into whereby the department leases real property or obtains a grant of easement, right-of-way, or right of entry in real property for the purpose of exploration for, or construction, operation, or maintenance of, water projects, or for other investigations or data collection, the department may agree to indemnify and hold harmless the lessor or grantor and may agree to repair or pay for any damage caused by reason of the uses authorized by such lease, easement, right-of-way, or right of entry. Insurance may be purchased by the Department of General Services, upon request of the department, to protect the department against loss or expense arising out of such a lease, easement, right-of-way, or right of entry.


Article 2.6. Construction Contracts

Ca Codes (wat:265) Water Code Section 265



265. Notwithstanding any provisions of the State Contract Act, the department may award and enter into construction contracts which require expenditures in excess of funds presently available therefor, but the obligation of the department and the State in such contracts shall be expressly contingent upon sufficient funds being made available by future appropriations or by law.


Article 3. Proceedings To Prevent Waste Or Unreasonable Use

Ca Codes (wat:275) Water Code Section 275



275. The department and board shall take all appropriate proceedings or actions before executive, legislative, or judicial agencies to prevent waste, unreasonable use, unreasonable method of use, or unreasonable method of diversion of water in this state.


Article 4. Waste From Artesian Wells

Ca Codes (wat:300-311) Water Code Section 300-311



300. For the purposes of this article, an artesian well is any artifical hole made in the ground through which water naturally flows from subterranean sources to the surface of the ground for any length of time.

301. For the purposes of this article, waste is the causing, suffering, or permitting any water flowing from an artesian well, to run either: (a) Into any natural watercourse or channel, or into any bay or pond, unless the water is used thereafter for irrigation or domestic use. (b) Into any street, road, or highway. (c) Upon the land of any person or upon the public land of the United States or of the State, unless it is used thereon for irrigation, domestic use, or the propagation of fish.


302. The use of any water flowing from an artesian well for the irrigation of land, whenever over 5 per cent of the water received on the land for irrigation purposes is permitted to escape from the land, is waste within the meaning of this article.


303. Nothing in this article prevents the running of artesian water into an artificial pond or storage-reservoir, if the water is used thereafter for a beneficial use.


304. A beneficial use under the next preceding section shall not exceed one tenth of one miner's inch of water per acre, perpetual flow, but the person using the water may cumulate that amount within any period of each year.

305. Any artesian well which is not capped or equipped with a mechanical appliance which will readily and effectively arrest and prevent the flow of any water from the well is a public nuisance.


306. The owner, tenant, or occupant of the land upon which a well which is a public nuisance under the next preceding section is situated, who causes, permits, or suffers such public nuisance to exist or continue is guilty of a misdemeanor.


307. Any person owning, possessing, or occupying any land upon which is situated an artesian well, who causes, suffers, or permits water unnecessarily to flow from the well or to go to waste is guilty of a misdemeanor.

308. Each day's continuance of waste constitutes a new offense.


309. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this article is punishable for each offense by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50) and not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six months, or by both.


310. All prosecutions for the violation of any of the provisions of this article shall be instituted in the superior court of the county where the well is situated.


311. Any fine imposed under the provisions of this article may be collected as in other criminal cases, and the justice may also issue an execution upon the judgment therein rendered, which may be enforced and collected as in civil cases.


Article 6. Yuba River Debris Control

Ca Codes (wat:340-342) Water Code Section 340-342



340. Any funds appropriated for Yuba River debris control shall be used for construction, renewal, and repair of works for restraining, impounding and control of debris resulting from mining operations, natural erosion and other causes.

341. Funds withdrawn from such appropriation must be matched by an expenditure of like amount by the Federal Government for the same work.

342. All work paid for from such appropriation shall be executed by or under the direction of the California Debris Commission, according to plans approved by the Department of Water Resources.


Article 7. Recreation

Ca Codes (wat:345-346) Water Code Section 345-346



345. The Department of Water Resources shall (a) plan recreation development associated with state-constructed water projects in consultation with local public agencies and affected state and federal agencies, (b) thereafter acquire land necessary to implement and execute plans for such development pursuant to specific legislative authorization. Such authorization shall specify to what extent, if any, the power of eminent domain may be used. It is hereby declared to be the intention of the Legislature, in enacting this section, that no water resources development funds will be appropriated for the purpose of acquiring land for recreation development associated with state-constructed water projects, exclusive of land required for storage and conservation of water for such projects. In carrying out its duties under this section, the Department of Water Resources may enter into contracts, leases, and agreements with other state agencies, the federal government, local public agencies, and persons; and the Department of Fish and Game, the Department of Parks and Recreation and all other affected state and local agencies shall cooperate with the Department of Water Resources to that end.


346. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 345, the department, with the approval of the Department of General Services, may acquire by eminent domain or otherwise, either in fee or in any lesser estate or interest, any real property for recreational development associated with state-constructed water projects. Any funds, including but not limited to water resources development funds, heretofore or hereafter appropriated to the department for the acquisition of rights-of-way, easements, and property, may be used to carry out the purposes of this section.


Chapter 2.7. Water Diversion And Use Reports

Ca Codes (wat:348) Water Code Section 348



348. (a) The department or the board may adopt emergency regulations providing for the electronic filing of reports of water diversion or use required to be filed with the department or board under this code, including, but not limited to, any report required to be filed under Part 5.1 (commencing with Section 5100) of Division 2 and any report required to be filed by a water right permittee or licensee. (b) Emergency regulations adopted pursuant to this section, or any amendments thereto, shall be adopted by the department or the board in accordance with Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. The adoption of these regulations is an emergency and shall be considered by the Office of Administrative Law as necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety, and general welfare. Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, any emergency regulations or amendments to those regulations adopted under this section shall remain in effect until revised by the department or the board that adopted the regulations or amendments.



Chapter 3. Water Shortage Emergencies

Ca Codes (wat:350-359) Water Code Section 350-359



350. The governing body of a distributor of a public water supply, whether publicly or privately owned and including a mutual water company, may declare a water shortage emergency condition to prevail within the area served by such distributor whenever it finds and determines that the ordinary demands and requirements of water consumers cannot be satisfied without depleting the water supply of the distributor to the extent that there would be insufficient water for human consumption, sanitation, and fire protection.


351. Excepting in event of a breakage or failure of a dam, pump, pipe line or conduit causing an immediate emergency, the declaration shall be made only after a public hearing at which consumers of such water supply shall have an opportunity to be heard to protest against the declaration and to present their respective needs to said governing board.


352. Notice of the time and place of hearing shall be published pursuant to Section 6061 of the Government Code at least seven days prior to the date of hearing in a newspaper printed, published, and circulated within the area in which the water supply is distributed, or if there is no such newspaper, in any newspaper printed, published, and circulated in the county in which the area is located.


353. When the governing body has so determined and declared the existence of an emergency condition of water shortage within its service area, it shall thereupon adopt such regulations and restrictions on the delivery of water and the consumption within said area of water supplied for public use as will in the sound discretion of such governing body conserve the water supply for the greatest public benefit with particular regard to domestic use, sanitation, and fire protection.


354. After allocating and setting aside the amount of water which in the opinion of the governing body will be necessary to supply water needed for domestic use, sanitation, and fire protection, the regulations may establish priorities in the use of water for other purposes and provide for the allocation, distribution, and delivery of water for such other purposes, without discrimination between consumers using water for the same purpose or purposes.


355. The regulations and restrictions shall thereafter be and remain in full force and effect during the period of the emergency and until the supply of water available for distribution within such area has been replenished or augmented.

356. The regulations and restrictions may include the right to deny applications for new or additional service connections, and provision for their enforcement by discontinuing service to consumers wilfully violating the regulations and restrictions.


357. If the regulations and restrictions on delivery and consumption of water adopted pursuant to this chapter conflict with any law establishing the rights of individual consumers to receive either specific or proportionate amounts of the water supply available for distribution within such service area, the regulations and restrictions adopted pursuant to this chapter shall prevail over the provisions of such laws relating to water rights for the duration of the period of emergency; provided, however, that any distributor of water which is subject to regulation by the State Public Utilities Commission shall before making such regulations and restrictions effective secure the approval thereof by the Public Utilities Commission.


358. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit or prevent review by any court of competent jurisdiction of any finding or determination by a governing board of the existence of an emergency or of regulations or restrictions adopted by such board, pursuant to this chapter, on the ground that any such action is fraudulent, arbitrary, or capricious.


359. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law that requires an election for the purpose of authorizing a contract with the United States, or for incurring the obligation to repay loans from the United States, and except as otherwise limited or prohibited by the California Constitution, a public water agency, as an alternative procedure to submitting the proposal to an election, upon affirmative vote of four-fifths of the members of the governing body thereof, may apply for, accept, provide for the repayment together with interest thereon, and use funds made available by the federal government pursuant to Public Law 95-18, pursuant to any other federal act subsequently enacted during 1977 that specifically provides emergency drought relief financing, or pursuant to existing federal relief programs receiving budget augmentations in 1977 for drought assistance, and may enter into contracts that are required to obtain those federal funds pursuant to the provisions of those federal acts if the following conditions exist: (1) The project is undertaken by a state, regional, or local governmental agency. (2) As a result of the severe drought now existing in many parts of the state, the agency has insufficient water supply needed to meet necessary agricultural, domestic, industrial, recreational, and fish and wildlife needs within the service area or area of jurisdiction of the agency. (3) The project will develop or conserve water before October 31, 1978, and will assist in mitigating the impacts of the drought. (4) The agency affirms that it will comply, if applicable, with Sections 1602, 1603, and 1605 of the Fish and Game Code. (5) The project will be completed on or before the completion date, if any, required under the federal act providing the funding, but not later than March 1, 1978. (b) Any obligation to repay loans shall be expressly limited to revenues of the system improved by the proceeds of the contract. (c) No application for federal funds pursuant to this section shall be made on or after March 1, 1978. (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, a public agency shall not be exempt from any provision of law that requires the submission of a proposal to an election if a petition requesting such an election signed by 10 percent of the registered voters within the public agency is presented to the governing board within 30 days following the submission of an application for federal funds. (e) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, a public water agency that applied for federal funds for a project before January 1, 1978, may make application to the Director of the Drought Emergency Task Force for extension of the required completion date specified in paragraph (5) of subdivision (b). Following receipt of an application for extension, the Director of the Drought Emergency Task Force may extend the required completion date specified in paragraph (5) of subdivision (b) to a date not later than September 30, 1978, if the director finds that the project has been delayed by factors not controllable by the public water agency. If the Drought Emergency Task Force is dissolved, the Director of Water Resources shall exercise the authority vested in the Director of the Drought Emergency Task Force pursuant to this section. (f) For the purposes of this section, "public water agency" means a city, district, agency, authority, or any other political subdivision of the state, except the state, that distributes water to the inhabitants thereof, is otherwise authorized by law to enter into contracts or agreements with the federal government for a water supply or for financing facilities for a water supply, and is otherwise required by law to submit those agreements or contracts or any other project involving long-term debt to an election within that public water agency.


Chapter 3.4. Allocation-based Conservation Water Pricing

Ca Codes (wat:370-374) Water Code Section 370-374



370. The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following: (a) The use of allocation-based conservation water pricing by public entities that sell and distribute water is one effective means by which waste or unreasonable use of water can be prevented and water can be saved in the interest of the people and for the public welfare, within the contemplation of Section 2 of Article X of the California Constitution. (b) It is in the best interest of the people of California to encourage public entities to voluntarily use allocation-based conservation water pricing, tailored to local needs and conditions, as a means of increasing efficient uses of water, and further discouraging wasteful or unreasonable use of water under both normal and dry-year hydrologic conditions. (c) The Legislature intends that allocation-based conservation water pricing is an alternative method that can be used by public entities to encourage water users to conserve water, increase efficient uses of water, and further discourage waste of water. The Legislature does not intend to limit the discretion of public entities to evaluate and select among different methods for conserving water or to create a presumption that the election to not use a particular method is a waste or unreasonable use of water by the public entity. (d) Nothing in this chapter is intended to limit, or dictate, the design of rate structures that public entities may use to promote conservation by water users. (e) Nothing in this chapter directs, or otherwise compels, a public entity to use allocation-based conservation water pricing.


371. For purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings: (a) "Allocation-based conservation water pricing" means a retail water rate structure that meets all of the criteria in Section 372. (b) "Basic charge" means a volumetric unit charge for the cost of water service other than any fixed costs that are recovered through meter charges or other fixed charges other than incremental costs that are recovered through conservation charges. A basic charge may include the cost of generally applicable conservation measures assumed in establishing basic use allocations. (c) "Conservation charge" means a volumetric unit charge for incremental costs. (d) "Incremental costs" means the costs of water service, including capital costs, that the public entity incurs directly, or by contract, as a result of the use of water in excess of the basic use allocation or to implement water conservation or demand management measures employed to increase efficient uses of water, and further discourage the wasteful or unreasonable use of water, and may include any of the following: (1) Conservation best management practices, conservation education, irrigation controls and other conservation devices, and other demand management measures. (2) Water system retrofitting, dual plumbing and facilities for production, distribution, and all uses of recycled water and other alternative water supplies. (3) Projects and programs for prevention, control, or treatment of the runoff of water from irrigation and other outdoor water uses. Incremental costs shall not include the costs of stormwater management systems and programs. (4) Securing dry-year water supply arrangements. (5) Procuring water supplies to satisfy increments of water use in excess of the basic use allocations for the customers of the public entity, including supply or capacity contracts for water supply rights or entitlements and related energy costs for water delivery. (e) "Public entity" means a city, whether general law or chartered, county, city and county, special district, agency, authority, any other municipal public corporation or district, or any other political subdivision of the state that provides retail water service and that is an urban water supplier, as defined in Section 10617.


372. (a) A public entity may employ allocation-based conservation water pricing that meets all of the following criteria: (1) Billing is based on metered water use. (2) A basic use allocation is established for each customer account that provides a reasonable amount of water for the customer's needs and property characteristics. Factors used to determine the basic use allocation may include, but are not limited to, the number of occupants, the type or classification of use, the size of lot or irrigated area, and the local climate data for the billing period. Nothing in this chapter prohibits a customer of the public entity from challenging whether the basic use allocation established for that customer's account is reasonable under the circumstances. Nothing in this chapter is intended to permit public entities to limit the use of property through the establishment of a basic use allocation. (3) A basic charge is imposed for all water used within the customer's basic use allocation, except that at the option of the public entity, a lower rate may be applied to any portion of the basic use allocation that the public entity has determined to represent superior or more than reasonable conservation efforts. (4) A conservation charge shall be imposed on all increments of water use in excess of the basic use allocation. The increments may be fixed or may be determined on a percentage or any other basis, without limitation on the number of increments, or any requirement that the increments or conservation charges be sized, or ascend uniformly, or in a specified relationship. The volumetric prices for the lowest through the highest priced increments shall be established in an ascending relationship that is economically structured to encourage conservation and reduce the inefficient use of water, consistent with Section 2 of Article X of the California Constitution. (b) (1) Except as specified in subdivision (a), the design of an allocation-based conservation pricing rate structure shall be determined in the discretion of the public entity. (2) The public entity may impose meter charges or other fixed charges to recover fixed costs of water service in addition to the allocation-based conservation pricing rate structure. (c) A public entity may use one or more allocation-based conservation water pricing structures for any class of municipal or other service that the public entity provides.


373. (a) Revenues derived from allocation-based conservation water pricing shall not exceed the reasonable cost of water service including basic costs and incremental costs. This chapter does not limit the sources of funding for incremental costs to charges for water use. (b) Revenues derived from allocation-based conservation water pricing shall not exceed the proportional cost of service attributable to the customer's parcel, as determined by giving consideration to all of the following: (1) Customer classes established in consideration of service characteristics, demand patterns, and other factors. (2) Basic use allocations. (3) Meter size. (4) Metered volume of water consumed. (5) The public entity's discretionary allocation of incremental costs between and among the increments of water use subject to conservation charges, as permitted by paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) of Section 372 to meet the requirement of that section. (c) In establishing the schedule of charges and metered volumes for the increments of water use subject to conservation charges, the public entity may also consider both of the following: (1) Customer overuse characteristics, including ratios between overuse volumes and basic use allocations, variations in demand and consumption patterns, or other characteristics of overuse experienced by the public entity. (2) The extent to which the pricing structure of the increments will be effective in minimizing or eliminating the need for other measures to curtail potential overuse.


374. (a) Allocation-based conservation water pricing under this chapter may be used on an ongoing basis and shall not require any finding of emergency or other water shortage conditions. (b) The authority granted in this chapter is in addition to any other authority that a public entity has to use rate structure design to foster the conservation of water. (c) The imposition and revision of rates and charges by a public entity under this chapter shall be subject to the procedures otherwise required by law for the public entity's water rates.


Chapter 3.5. Water Conservation Programs

Ca Codes (wat:375-378) Water Code Section 375-378



375. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, any public entity which supplies water at retail or wholesale for the benefit of persons within the service area or area of jurisdiction of the public entity may, by ordinance or resolution adopted by a majority of the members of the governing body after holding a public hearing upon notice and making appropriate findings of necessity for the adoption of a water conservation program, adopt and enforce a water conservation program to reduce the quantity of water used by those persons for the purpose of conserving the water supplies of the public entity. (b) With regard to water delivered for other than agricultural uses, the ordinance or resolution may specifically require the installation of water-saving devices which are designed to reduce water consumption. The ordinance or resolution may also encourage water conservation through rate structure design. (c) For the purposes of this section, "public entity" means a city, whether general law or chartered, county, city and county, special district, agency, authority, any other municipal public corporation or district, or any other political subdivision of the state.

375.5. (a) A public entity, as defined by Section 375, may undertake water conservation and public education programs in conjunction with school districts, public libraries, or any other public entity. (b) (1) A public entity may undertake water conservation and public education programs using an information booklet or materials for use in connection with the use or transfer of real estate containing up to four residential units. For the purposes of this subdivision, the public entity may use water conservation materials prepared by the department. (2) It is the intent of the Legislature that on or before December 31, 2007, a review of the program be conducted to obtain information on both of the following matters: (A) The extent to which public entities have undertaken water conservation and public education programs referred to in paragraph (1). (B) The extent to which water conservation may be attributable to the implementation of water conservation and public education programs referred to in paragraph (1). (c) A public entity may take into account any programs undertaken pursuant to this section in a rate structure design implemented pursuant to Section 375. (d) The Legislature finds and declares that a program undertaken pursuant to this section is in the public interest, serves a public purpose, and will promote the health, welfare, and safety of the people of the state.

376. (a) Any ordinance or resolution adopted pursuant to Section 375 is effective upon adoption. Within 10 days after its adoption, the ordinance or resolution shall be published pursuant to Section 6061 of the Government Code in full in a newspaper of general circulation that is printed, published, and circulated in the public entity. If there is no such newspaper, the ordinance or resolution shall be posted within 10 days after its adoption in three public places within the public entity. (b) The publication of ordinances or resolutions, as required by subdivision (a), may be satisfied by either of the following actions: (1) The public entity may publish a summary of a proposed ordinance, resolution, or proposed amendment to an existing ordinance or resolution. The summary shall be prepared by an official designated by the governing body. A summary shall be published and a certified copy of the full text of the proposed ordinance, resolution, or amendment shall be posted in the office of the governing body at least five days prior to the governing body's meeting at which the proposed ordinance, resolution, or amendment is to be adopted. Within 15 days after adoption of the ordinance, resolution, or amendment, the governing body shall publish a summary of the ordinance, resolution, or amendment with the names of those members voting for and against the ordinance, resolution, or amendment and the official shall post in the office of the governing body a certified copy of the full text of the adopted ordinance, resolution, or amendment along with the names of those members voting for and against the ordinance, resolution, or amendment. (2) If the official designated by the governing body determines that it is not feasible to prepare a fair and adequate summary of the proposed or adopted ordinance, resolution, or amendment, and if the governing body so orders, a display advertisement of at least one-quarter of a page in a newspaper of general circulation in the county shall be published at least five days prior to the governing body meeting at which the proposed ordinance, resolution, or amendment is to be adopted. Within 15 days after adoption of the ordinance, resolution, or amendment, a display advertisement of at least one-quarter of a page shall be published. The advertisement shall indicate the general nature of, and provide information about, the proposed or adopted ordinance, resolution, or amendment, including information sufficient to enable the public to obtain copies of the complete text of the ordinance, resolution, or amendment, and the names of those members voting for and against the ordinance, resolution, or amendment.


377. From and after the publication or posting of any ordinance or resolution pursuant to Section 376, violation of a requirement of a water conservation program adopted pursuant to Section 376 is a misdemeanor. Upon conviction thereof such person shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 30 days, or by fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both.


378. A public entity may enter into agreements with other public entities, businesses, community associations, or private entities to provide water conservation services and measures and materials for implementing water conservation programs adopted pursuant to this chapter.


Chapter 3.6. Deference To Decisions By Local Or Regional Agencies 380-387

Ca Codes (wat:380-387) Water Code Section 380-387



380. The Legislature hereby finds and declares as follows: (a) The various regions of the state differ widely in the availability of water supplies and in the need for water to meet beneficial uses. (b) Decisions regarding operations to meet water needs can depend in part upon regional differences. (c) Many water management decisions can best be made at a local or regional level, to the end that local and regional operational flexibility will maximize efficient statewide use of water supplies. (d) The authority granted by this chapter to local and regional public agencies, as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 65930 of the Government Code and not including federal agencies, is in furtherance of the policy declared in Section 2 of Article X of the California Constitution and in Section 109.


381. The authority of local or regional public agencies pursuant to this chapter shall control over any other provision of law which contains more stringent limitations on the authority of a particular public agency to serve water for use outside the agency, to the extent those other laws are inconsistent with the authority granted herein.


382. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, every local or regional public agency authorized by law to serve water to the persons or entities within the service area of the agency may sell, lease, exchange, or otherwise transfer, for use outside the agency, either or both of the following: (1) Water that is surplus to the needs of the water users of the agency. (2) Water, the use of which is voluntarily foregone, during the period of the transfer, by a water user of the agency. (b) This chapter does not prohibit or restrict the transfer of water or water rights by local or regional public agencies pursuant to other provisions of law.


383. For the purposes of this chapter, water that is surplus to the needs of the agency's water users shall mean any of the following: (a) Water, to which the right is held by the agency pursuant to an appropriation made under the Water Commission Act or Division 2 (commencing with Section 1000), which the agency finds will be in excess of the needs of water users within the agency for the duration of the transfer. (b) Water, to which the right is held by the agency pursuant to an appropriation made under the Water Commission Act or Division 2 (commencing with Section 1000), of which any water user agrees with the agency, upon mutually satisfactory terms, to forego use for the duration of the transfer. (c) Water, to which the right is held by a water user within the agency pursuant to an appropriation made under the Water Commission Act or Division 2 (commencing with Section 1000) where the water user and the agency agree, upon mutually satisfactory terms, that the water user will forego use for the period of time specified in the agreement and that the agency shall act as agent for the water user to effect the transfer.


384. Prior to serving water to any person for use outside the agency, the agency shall comply with all provisions of the general laws of this state relating to the transfer of water or water rights, including, but not limited to, procedural and substantive requirements governing any change in point of diversion, place of use, or purpose of use due to such transfer.


385. No water may be transferred pursuant to this chapter for use within the boundaries of a local or regional public agency that furnishes the same water service to the transferee without the prior consent of that agency.

386. The board may approve any change associated with a transfer pursuant to this chapter only if it finds that the change may be made without injuring any legal user of the water and without unreasonably affecting fish, wildlife, or other instream beneficial uses and does not unreasonably affect the overall economy of the area from which the water is being transferred. A petitioner requesting a change which is subject to this section shall pay to the board a fee which shall be in an amount determined by the board to cover the reasonable costs of the board in evaluating and processing the petition.


387. Any agreement for the transfer of water under the provisions of this chapter shall be for a period not to exceed seven years unless a longer period of time is mutually agreed upon by the agency and the transferee.


Chapter 3.7. Water Standby And Availability Charges

Ca Codes (wat:389) Water Code Section 389



389. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the term water standby charge and the term water availability charge have the same meaning. (b) Subdivision (a) does not constitute a change in, but is declaratory of, existing law.


Chapter 4. Weather Resources Management

Article 1. General Provisions

Ca Codes (wat:400-402) Water Code Section 400-402



400. This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the California Weather Resources Management Act of 1984.


401. It is hereby declared that atmospheric water within the state which is caused to fall by weather resources management activities shall, for the purpose of water rights determinations, be considered as if it occurred as natural precipitation.


402. As used in this chapter: (a) "Weather resources management" means attempting to produce by physical means any of the following: cloud water conversion, light adjustment, or weather hazard suppression. Weather resources management does not include agricultural frost protection or inadvertent weather modification. (b) "Weather resources management project" or "project" means the performance of weather resources management with a specified purpose within a specified geographical area over a specified time interval.


Article 2. Notice Of Intention

Ca Codes (wat:410-412) Water Code Section 410-412



410. Before commencing a weather resources management project, the project operator shall file with the department and cause to be published a notice of intention.


411. The project operator shall cause the notice of intention to be published pursuant to Section 6063 of the Government Code in a newspaper having a general circulation and published within any county wherein the project is to be conducted and in which the affected area is located, or, if the project is to be conducted in more than one county or if the affected area is located in more than one county or is located in a county other than the one in which the operation is to be conducted, then the notice shall be published in like manner in a newspaper having a general circulation and published within each of the counties. In case there is no newspaper published within the appropriate county, publication shall be made in a newspaper having a general circulation within the county. The project operator shall also send the notice of intention to the boards of supervisors of counties to be affected by the project.


412. Proof of publication shall be by copy of the notice as published attached to and made a part of the affidavit of the publisher or foreman of the newspaper publishing the notice.


Article 3. Reporting

Ca Codes (wat:420) Water Code Section 420



420. The weather resources management project operator shall keep a record of all operations conducted, showing the equipment, the methods, the types, amounts, times, and places of seeding agents employed, a statement as to the estimated effect of the operation in relation to its intended purpose, and the name and address of each person participating or assisting in the operation. A report on the evaluation of project results shall be filed with the department within one year of the termination of a project or, in the case of an ongoing project, at least once every two years.


Chapter 5. Federal Reports On Proposed Flood Control And Reclamation Projects

Ca Codes (wat:450-453) Water Code Section 450-453



450. The Governor, or such state official or agency as he may designate, shall receive both the preliminary documents developed by, or the formal reports of, the Chief of Engineers, Department of the Army, and the Secretary of the Interior provided for in the Flood Control Act of 1944 (58 Stat. 887, 33 U.S.C. 701-1) with respect to proposed flood control or reclamation projects, or both.


451. Within 10 days after the receipt of any such preliminary document or formal report, the Governor or his designee shall transmit copies thereof to both houses of the Legislature, if the Legislature is then in session. If not, the Governor or his designee shall transmit copies thereof to the Rules Committees of the Assembly and the Senate of the Legislature, which committees shall immediately assign them to appropriate interim committees for study.


452. Any legislative committee to which such a preliminary document or formal report has been assigned may submit written comments thereon to the Governor or his designee.


453. The Governor or his designee shall transmit, within the time period specified in the applicable federal law, to the appropriate federal agency, together with his comments and the comments of any state department or commission as to any such preliminary document or formal report, the written comments, if any, as to such preliminary document or formal report submitted to him by either house of the Legislature, or by both houses, or by any committee of the Legislature.


Chapter 6. Water Reuse

Article 1. Short Title

Ca Codes (wat:460) Water Code Section 460



460. This chapter shall be known as and may be cited as the Water Reuse Law of 1974.


Article 2. Declaration Of Policy

Ca Codes (wat:461) Water Code Section 461



461. It is hereby declared that the primary interest of the people of the state in the conservation of all available water resources requires the maximum reuse of reclaimed water in the satisfaction of requirements for beneficial uses of water.


Article 3. Action By The Department Of Water Resources

Ca Codes (wat:462-465) Water Code Section 462-465



462. The department shall conduct studies and investigations on the availability and quality of wastewater and the uses of reclaimed water for beneficial purposes, including, but not limited to, groundwater recharge, municipal and industrial use, irrigation use, and cooling for thermal electric powerplants.


463. The department shall study and investigate the technology of the reuse of reclaimed water and further the development of the technology of the reclamation of water.


465. The department may assist local agencies and public utilities providing water service in applying for, and in obtaining approval of, federal and state funding and permits for cost-effective water reclamation projects and shall confer and cooperate with the board during the application and approval process.


Chapter 7. Water Transfer

Article 1. Short Title

Ca Codes (wat:470) Water Code Section 470



470. This chapter shall be known as and may be cited as the Costa-Isenberg Water Transfer Act of 1986.


Article 2. Declaration Of Policy

Ca Codes (wat:475) Water Code Section 475



475. The Legislature hereby finds and declares that voluntary water transfers between water users can result in a more efficient use of water, benefiting both the buyer and the seller. The Legislature further finds and declares that transfers of surplus water on an intermittent basis can help alleviate water shortages, save capital outlay development costs, and conserve water and energy. The Legislature further finds and declares that it is in the public interest to conserve all available water resources, and that this interest requires the coordinated assistance of state agencies for voluntary water transfers to allow more intensive use of developed water resources in a manner that fully protects the interests of other entities which have rights to, or rely on, the water covered by a proposed transfer.


Article 3. State Assistance

Ca Codes (wat:480-484) Water Code Section 480-484



480. The department shall establish an ongoing program to facilitate the voluntary exchange or transfer of water and implement the various state laws that pertain to water transfers. The department shall seek to facilitate these transactions only if the water to be transferred is already developed and being diverted from a stream for beneficial use or has been conserved.


481. The department shall create and maintain a list of entities seeking to enter into water supply transfers, leases, exchanges, or other similar arrangements. In addition, the department shall maintain a list of the physical facilities which may be available to carry out water supply transfers.


482. The department shall prepare a water transfer guide which shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following: (a) A review of existing and appropriate state and federal laws that pertain to water transfers, water markets, or water rights. (b) A list of persons or public agencies throughout the state involved in water management who could be helpful to those seeking assistance to transfer water. (c) Information and resources which could be used to identify potential third-party impacts and mitigation alternatives, including economic, environmental, and legal issues related to the transfer of water. (d) A description of the services available to water users from the department.

483. The department shall consult and coordinate its activities with other state boards, departments, agencies, or offices whose assistance may be desirable or necessary in carrying out the purposes of this chapter.

484. (a) The temporary transfer of any water or water right that otherwise would have been consumptively used or stored by the transferor in the absence of the temporary transfer, does not in any way prejudice the transferor's right to the use of the water in the future. (b) "Consumptively used," for purposes of this section, means the amount of water which has been consumed through use by evapotranspiration, has percolated underground, or has been otherwise removed from use in the downstream water supply as a result of direct diversion.


Chapter 8. Water Measurement

Article 1. Short Title

Ca Codes (wat:500) Water Code Section 500



500. This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the Water Measurement Law.


Article 2. Definitions

Ca Codes (wat:510-516) Water Code Section 510-516



510. Unless the context otherwise requires, the provisions of this article govern the construction of this chapter.


511. The definition of a word applies to any of its variants.


512. "Water purveyor" means any person who furnishes water service to another person.


513. "Person" means any individual, firm, association, partnership, corporation, or public entity of any kind.


514. "Public entity" includes a city, county, city and county, whether general law or chartered, a district, board, commission, bureau, authority, agency, department, division, section, any other political subdivision of the state of any kind, or the state.


515. "Water service" means the sale, lease, rental, furnishing, or delivery of water for beneficial use, and includes, but is not limited to, contracting for that sale, lease, rental, furnishing, or delivery of water, except bottled water.


516. "Water meter" includes any suitable water measuring device or facility which measures or determines the volumetric flow of water.


Article 3. Declaration Of Policy

Ca Codes (wat:520-523) Water Code Section 520-523



520. The Legislature hereby finds and declares that, pursuant to the primary interest of the people of the state to put the limited available supplies of water in this state to beneficial use to the fullest extent of which they are capable, and to prevent waste, unreasonable use, or unreasonable method of use, it is necessary to determine the quantities of water in use throughout the state to the maximum extent that is reasonable to do so.


521. The Legislature further finds and declares all of the following: (a) Water furnished or used without any method of determination of the quantities of water used by the person to whom the water is furnished has caused, and will continue to cause, waste and unreasonable use of water, and that this waste and unreasonable use should be identified, isolated, and eliminated. (b) Water metering and volumetric pricing are among the most efficient conservation tools, providing information on how much water is being used and pricing to encourage conservation. (c) Without water meters, it is impossible for homeowners and businesses to know how much water they are using, thereby inhibiting conservation, punishing those who conserve, and rewarding those who waste water. (d) Existing law requires the installation of a water meter as a condition of water service provided pursuant to a connection installed on or after January 1, 1992, but the continuing widespread absence of water meters and the lack of volumetric pricing could result in the inefficient use of water for municipal and industrial uses. (e) The benefits to be gained from metering infrastructure are not recovered if urban water suppliers do not use this infrastructure. (f) This chapter addresses a subject matter of statewide concern. It is the intent of the Legislature that this chapter supersede and preempt all enactments and other local action of cities and counties, including charter cities and charter counties, and other local public agencies that conflict with this chapter, other than enactments or local actions that impose additional or more stringent requirements regarding matters set forth in this chapter. (g) An urban water supplier should take any available necessary step consistent with state law to ensure that the implementation of this chapter does not place an unreasonable burden on low-income families.


522. The Legislature further finds and declares that waste or unreasonable use of water imposes unnecessary and wasteful consumption of energy to deliver or furnish the water, and it is necessary, therefore, to determine the quantities of water in use throughout the state to the maximum extent that it is reasonable to do so in order to reduce that energy consumption.


523. The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the California goal for measurement of water use is the achievement by January 1, 1992, of the installation of water meters on all new water service connections after that date to systems and facilities owned, operated, or under the management or control of a water purveyor, which meters will measure the quantity of water furnished or delivered through each system or facility to each new user of the water.


Article 3.5. Metered Service

Ca Codes (wat:525-529.7) Water Code Section 525-529.7



525. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, every water purveyor who sells, leases, rents, furnishes, or delivers water service to any person shall require, as a condition of new water service on and after January 1, 1992, that a suitable water meter to measure the water service shall be installed on the water service facilities in accordance with this chapter. The cost of installation of the meter shall be paid by the user of the water, and any water purveyor may impose and collect charges for those costs. (b) Subdivision (a) applies only to potable water. (c) Subdivision (a) does not apply to a community water system which serves fewer than 15 service connections used by yearlong residents or regularly serves fewer than 25 yearlong residents, or a single well that services the water supply of a single-family residential home.

526. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an urban water supplier that, on or after January 1, 2004, receives water from the federal Central Valley Project under a water service contract or subcontract executed pursuant to Section 485h(c) of Title 43 of the United States Code with the Bureau of Reclamation of the United States Department of the Interior shall do both of the following: (1) On or before January 1, 2013, install water meters on all service connections to residential and nonagricultural commercial buildings constructed prior to January 1, 1992, located within its service area. (2) On and after March 1, 2013, or according to the terms of the Central Valley Project water contract in operation, charge customers for water based on the actual volume of deliveries, as measured by a water meter. (b) An urban water supplier that receives water from the federal Central Valley Project under a water service contract or subcontract described in subdivision (a) may recover the cost of providing services related to the purchase, installation, and operation and maintenance of water meters from rates, fees, or charges.


527. (a) An urban water supplier that is not subject to Section 526 shall do both of the following: (1) Install water meters on all municipal and industrial service connections located within its service area on or before January 1, 2025. (2) (A) Charge each customer that has a service connection for which a water meter has been installed based on the actual volume of deliveries as measured by the water meter, beginning on or before January 1, 2010. (B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), in order to provide customers with experience in volume-based water service charges, an urban water supplier that is subject to this subdivision may delay, for one annual seasonal cycle of water use, the use of meter-based charges for service connections that are being converted from nonvolume-based billing to volume-based billing. (b) A water purveyor, including an urban water supplier, may recover the cost of providing services related to the purchase, installation, and operation of a water meter from rates, fees, or charges.

528. Notwithstanding Sections 526 and 527, any water purveyor that becomes an urban water supplier on or after January 1, 2005, shall do both the following: (a) Install water meters on all municipal and industrial service connections located within its service area within 10 years of meeting the definition of urban water supplier. (b) (1) Charge each customer for which a water meter has been installed, based on the actual volume of water delivered, as measured by the water meter, within five years of meeting the definition of urban water supplier. (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), in order to provide customers with experience in volume-based water service charges, an urban water supplier that is subject to this subdivision may delay, for one annual seasonal cycle of water use, the use of meter-based charges for service connections that are being converted from nonvolume-based billing to volume-based billing. (c) For the purposes of this article, an "urban water supplier" has the same meaning as that set forth in Section 10617.


529. (a) This article addresses a subject matter of statewide concern. (b) Subject to subdivision (c), this article supersedes and preempts all enactments, including charter provisions and amendments thereto, and other local action of cities and counties, including charter cities and charter counties, and other local public agencies that conflict with this article. (c) This article does not supersede or preempt any enactment or other local action that imposes additional or more stringent requirements regarding matters set forth in this article.


529.5. On and after January 1, 2010, any urban water supplier that applies for financial assistance from the state for a wastewater treatment project, a water use efficiency project, or a drinking water treatment project, or for a permit for a new or expanded water supply, shall demonstrate that the applicant meets the requirements of this article.


529.7. This article does not limit the authority of a water purveyor that promotes conservation through volumetric water pricing, including, but not limited to, an urban water supplier that promotes conservation through volumetric water pricing, to determine and impose a rate, fee, or charge in addition to the charge for the actual volume of metered water delivered.


Article 4. Standards

Ca Codes (wat:530) Water Code Section 530



530. Domestic cold water meters shall be in compliance with relevant standards of the American Water Works Association and shall be of the type approved by the Director of Food and Agriculture pursuant to Section 12500.5 of the Business and Professions Code.


Article 4.3. Agricultural And Urban Water Use Reporting

Ca Codes (wat:531-531.20) Water Code Section 531-531.20



531. Unless the context otherwise requires, the definitions set forth in this section govern the construction of this article. (a) "Aggregated farm-gate delivery data" means information reflecting the total volume of water an agricultural water supplier provides to its customers and is calculated by totaling its deliveries to individual customers. (b) "Agricultural water supplier" means a supplier either publicly or privately owned, supplying 2,000 acre-feet or more of surface water annually for agricultural purposes or serving 2,000 or more acres of agricultural land. An agricultural water supplier includes a supplier or contractor for water, regardless of the basis of right, which distributes or sells water for ultimate resale to customers. (c) "Authority" means the California Bay-Delta Authority. (d) "Best professional practices" means practices attaining and maintaining accuracy of measurement and reporting devices and methods. (e) "Diversion" has the meaning set forth in subdivision (c) of Section 5100. (f) "Farm-gate" means the point at which water is delivered from the agricultural water supplier's distribution system to each of its customers. (g) "Person" has the meaning set forth in subdivision (d) of Section 5100.

531.2. The department, the board, and the State Department of Public Health shall coordinate the collection, management, and use of agricultural and urban water measurement information provided to each agency.

531.5. (a) The board, in collaboration with the department, the authority or its successor agency, and the State Department of Public Health, shall prepare and submit a report to the Legislature by January 1, 2009, evaluating the feasibility, estimated costs, and potential means of financing a coordinated water measurement database. The evaluation shall include, but is not necessarily limited to, agricultural and urban water measurement data related to deliveries, diversions, licenses, permits, and other information received by these state agencies that supports effective state and regional water management planning and decisionmaking. The evaluation shall also consider how the database can provide information to address impacts related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. (b) The report shall consider coordinating the collection and sharing of data through the use of technologies used by the National Environmental Information Exchange Network and the existing data exchange infrastructure of the involved agencies. (c) It is the intent of the Legislature that the report provide an initial feasibility assessment, and is not intended to serve as the final Feasibility Study Report required by the State Administrative Manual.

531.10. (a) An agricultural water supplier shall submit an annual report to the department that summarizes aggregated farm-gate delivery data, on a monthly or bimonthly basis, using best professional practices. (b) Nothing in this article shall be construed to require the implementation of water measurement programs or practices that are not locally cost effective. (c) It is the intent of the Legislature that the requirements of this section shall complement and not affect the scope of authority granted to the department or the board by provisions of law other than this article.


531.15. Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, state agencies shall carry out the duties described in this article only to the extent that funds are made available for the purposes of implementing those duties.

531.20. To the extent that the provisions of this article conflict with the requirements of Chapter 4800 of the State Administrative Manual, the requirements of that chapter shall control.


Article 4.5. Irrigated Landscape

Ca Codes (wat:535) Water Code Section 535



535. (a) A water purveyor shall require as a condition of new retail water service on and after January 1, 2008, the installation of separate water meters to measure the volume of water used exclusively for landscape purposes. (b) Subdivision (a) does not apply to either of the following: (1) Single-family residential connections. (2) Connections used to supply water for the commercial production of agricultural crops or livestock. (c) Subdivision (a) applies only to a service connection for which both of the following apply: (1) The connection serves property with more than 5,000 square feet of irrigated landscape. (2) The connection is supplied by a water purveyor that serves 15 or more service connections. (d) For the purposes of this section, "new retail water service" means the installation of a new water meter where water service has not been previously provided, and does not include applications for new water service submitted before January 1, 2007.


Chapter 9. Water Districts

Ca Codes (wat:540) Water Code Section 540



540. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a water district, as defined in Section 20200, may serve as an aggregator to facilitate direct transactions within the boundaries of the district in accordance with Chapter 2.3 (commencing with Section 330) of Part 1 of Division 1 of the Public Utilities Code and charge a fee that is equal to the district's cost for providing that service.


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