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h_agr_2016a_2016-03-07t13:30:00z2 Hearing Summary

Date: 03/07/2016



Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB16-1283



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, & NATURAL RESOURCES


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05:18 PM -- HB 16-1283



Representative KC Becker, sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1283, concerning measures to decrease water loss by domestic water suppliers. The bill requires a public entity that supplies at least 2,000 acre-feet of water per year to its customers (covered entity), to submit a validated water loss audit report to the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) on or before June 30, 2018, and on or before June 30 of each year thereafter. The CWCB must adopt guidelines for the water loss audit reports no later than January 1, 2018. Representative Becker responded to questions from the committee and committee discussion ensued.



05:33 PM --
Rebecca Mitchell, Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), spoke in support of the bill. Ms. Mitchell discussed the Colorado Water Plan and the statewide water needs and goals laid out in the bill and in the Colorado Water Plan. She stated that the bill aligns with chapter 6.3 of the Colorado Water Plan. Ms. Mitchell also discussed the methodology of the data collection laid out in the bill.



05:37 PM --
Donna Brosemer, Greeley Water, Colorado Water Congress and Colorado Municipal League, spoke in opposition to the bill. Ms. Brosemer responded to questions from the committee.



05:43 PM --
Doug Kemper, Executive Director, Colorado Water Congress, spoke in opposition to the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



05:50 PM --
Peter Mayer, representing himself, spoke in support of the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



06:02 PM --
Drew Beckwith, Western Resource Advocates, spoke in support of the bill and answered questions from the committee.



06:18 PM --
Chris Piper, Denver Water, spoke in support of the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



06:30 PM --
Chris Treese, Colorado River Water Conservancy District, spoke in support of the bill with the adoption of proposed amendments, which have not been distributed to the committee. Mr. Tresse responded to questions from the committee and committee discussion ensued.



06:34 PM



The chair closed the testimony phase. Representative Becker requested to lay the bill over to March 21, 2016.



06:40 PM



The committee adjourned.




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