California has always been on the cutting edge of advancing water recycling technology. For example, the Orange County Coastkeeper has been a strong supporter of the Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System – the world’s largest highly advanced purified water recycling system. In 2009, CCKA served on the stakeholder working group to develop California’s Water Recycling Policy, which among other things, set a state goal to increase water recycling by approximately two million acre-feet per year by 2030. CCKA has since worked with the State Water Board to adopt a clear and consistent regulatory pathway to help California’s water agencies meet its water recycling goals.
In addition to regulatory work, CCKA advocates for legislative reforms to accelerate and expand water recycling projects, while protecting public health and the environment. In 2010, CCKA supported legislation requiring California to develop regulations for potable recycled water, and to assess whether recycled water could be put directly into our water supply system. Since 2011, CCKA has been the lead environmental group on every state water recycling bill introduced, including a bill introduced this year by Assemblymember Gordon that would allow advanced purified recycled water to be bottled for educational purposes. This legislation will provide critical momentum to increase public support for, and confidence in, purified water.