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s_agr_2018a_2018-03-28t11:50:27z1 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB18-1069

SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES, & ENERGY
Date Mar 28, 2018      
Location SCR 357



HB18-1069 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


12:00:49 PM  
The committee recessed.
12:02:10 PM  
The committee returned from recess.
12:02:47 PM  
Senator Coram, prime sponsor, discussed the provisions of House Bill18-1069 concerning reclaimed water use for flushing toilets. This bill codifies rules promulgated by the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) related to the allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, and expands allowable uses to include toilet and urinal flushing in multifamily residential structures and in nonresidential structures. In addition, the bill defines three categories of water quality standards.The WQCC is required to promulgate new rules related to reclaimed wastewater no later than December 31, 2019. The WQCC is also authorized to: create new categories of water quality standards; recategorize any of the allowable uses to a less stringent category; and authorize additional uses. Variances may be granted from the standards if the proposed usage will sufficiently protect public health and the environment.
12:03:35 PM  

Heather Stauffer, Denver Water, spoke in support of the bill and discussed current uses of reclaimed water for landscape irrigation and other purposes.  She also responded to questions from the committee about how water is recycled.

12:05:37 PM  
Dianna Orf, Colorado Water Congress, spoke in support of the bill.


12:10:59 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1069 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Coram
Seconded
Cooke Yes
Coram Yes
Donovan Yes
Fenberg Yes
Fields Yes
Garcia Yes
Jones Yes
Marble No
Scott Excused
Baumgardner Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 1   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS