Senator Coram, prime sponsor, discussed the provisions of House Bill18-1093 concerning reclaimed water use for edible crops.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 irrigation of food crops. In addition, the bill defines three categories of water quality standards. The bill clarifies that a food crop is a crop produced for direct human consumption or a tree that produces nuts or fruit intended for human consumption. Food crops do not include those produced for animal consumption only, unless they are produced where lactating dairy animals forage. Reclaimed wastewater may only be used for food crop irrigation if it meets the water quality standards for commercial crops under the federal Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act. The WQCC may promulgate rules related to reclaimed wastewater on or before December 31, 2019.
The chair closed testimony and Senator Coram closed his remarks on the bill.