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6 LONG TITLE
7 General Description:
8 This bill amends certain provisions related to water conservation plans.
9 Highlighted Provisions:
10 This bill:
11 . provides for suspension of certain public funds under certain circumstances by the
12 state auditor for noncompliance of water providers;
13 . requires that water conservation plans contain existing and proposed water
14 conservation measures;
15 . requires that water conservation plans contain a description of the extent to which a
16 retail provider will use certain measures to achieve its conservation goals;
17 . requires that water conservation plans contain a clearly stated water use reduction
18 goal and implementation plan for each conservation measure, including a timeline
19 for action and an evaluation process to measure progress; and
20 . requires that the Board of Water Resources' report be presented to the interim
21 committee at its November 2004 meeting.
22 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
24 Other Special Clauses:
26 Utah Code Sections Affected:
28 73-10-32, as last amended by Chapter 119, Laws of Utah 1999
30 67-3-1.1, Utah Code Annotated 1953
32 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
33 Section 1. Section 67-3-1.1 is enacted to read:
34 67-3-1.1. Suspension of funds to retail water providers.
35 (1) Subject to other applicable state and federal laws, the state auditor shall suspend the
36 disbursement of any public funds to the delinquent retail water providers and water
37 conservancy districts identified in the annual report submitted by the Board of Water Resources
38 pursuant to Subsection 73-10-32 (4)(b).
39 (2) The state auditor shall not release this suspension until the Board of Water
40 Resources provides written notice to the state auditor that the delinquent retail water provider
41 or water conservancy district has filed a water conservation plan.
42 Section 2. Section 73-10-32 is amended to read:
43 73-10-32. Definitions -- Water conservation plan required.
44 (1) As used in this section:
45 (a) "Board" means the Board of Water Resources created under Section 73-10-1.5 .
46 (b) "Division" means the Division of Water Resources created under Section 73-10-18 .
47 (c) "Retail" means the level of distribution of culinary water that supplies culinary
48 water directly to the end user.
49 (d) "Retail water provider" means [
50 (i) supplies culinary water to end users; and
51 (ii) has more than 500 service connections.
52 (e) "Water conservancy district" means an entity formed under Title 17A, Chapter 2,
53 Part 14, Water Conservancy Districts.
56 describing what [
57 water conservancy districts and the end user of culinary water to help conserve water and limit
58 or reduce its use in the state in terms of per capita consumption so that adequate supplies of
59 water are available for future needs.
62 (i) a clearly stated overall water use reduction goal and an implementation plan for
63 each of the water conservation measures it chooses to use, including a timeline for action and
64 an evaluation process to measure progress;
65 (ii) a requirement that each water conservancy district and retail water provider devote
66 part of at least one regular meeting every five years of its governing body to a discussion and
67 formal adoption of the water conservation plan, and allow public comment on it;
68 (iii) a requirement that a notification procedure be implemented that includes the
69 delivery of the water conservation plan to the media and to the governing body of each
70 municipality and county served by the water conservancy district or retail water provider; and
71 (iv) a copy of the minutes of the meeting and the notification procedure required in
72 Subsections (ii) and (iii) which shall be added as an appendix to the plan.
73 (b) A water conservation plan may include information regarding:
75 toilets, shower fixtures, and faucets;
79 of water;
83 including public education programs, customer water use audits, and water saving
87 efficient use of water by means such as water efficient fixtures and landscapes;
89 users to encourage the implementation of more water efficient measures; and
90 (x) other measures designed to conserve water.
92 (c) The Division of Water Resources may be contacted for information and technical
93 resources regarding measures listed in Subsections (2)(b)(i) through (2)(b)(x).
95 Chapter 2, Part 14, Water Conservancy Districts, and each retail water provider shall:
96 (i) (A) prepare [
97 adopted; or
98 (B) if the district or provider has already adopted a water conservation plan, review the
99 existing water conservation plan to determine if it should be amended and, if so, amend the
100 water conservation plan; and
101 (ii) file a copy of the water conservation plan or amended water conservation plan with
102 the division.
103 (b) Before adopting or amending a water conservation plan, each water conservancy
104 district or retail water provider shall hold a public hearing with reasonable, advance public
110 (i) provide guidelines and technical resources to retail water providers and water
111 conservancy districts to prepare and implement water conservation plans;
112 (ii) investigate alternative measures designed to conserve water; and
113 (iii) report [
114 impressions of the overall quality of the plans submitted to the Natural Resources, Agriculture,
115 and Environment Interim Committee of the Legislature at its meeting in November [
130 (b) The board shall send an annual report to the state auditor specifying the retail water
131 providers and water conservancy districts that do not have a current water conservation plan on
132 file with the board at the end of the calendar year.
133 (5) Pursuant to Section 67-3-1.1 , the state auditor shall suspend the disbursement of
134 public funds until the retail water provider or water conservancy district has complied and filed
135 a water conservation plan as required under Section 73-10-32 .
136 (6) A water conservancy district or retail water provider may only receive state funds
137 for water development if they comply with the requirements of this act.
139 Subsection [
140 (a) update its water conservation plan no less frequently than every five years; and
141 (b) follow the procedures required under Subsection [
142 conservation plan.
144 amendments to existing water conservation plans, and the [
146 entities or agencies.
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