HB18-1093

HB18-1093 - Reclaimed Water Use For Edible Crops

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning the allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, and, in connection therewith, allowing reclaimed domestic wastewater to be used for food crops and making an appropriation.

The bill codifies rules promulgated by the water quality control commission (commission) of the Colorado department of public health and environment concerning allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, which is wastewater that has been treated for subsequent reuses other than drinking water.

Section 3 of the bill defines 3 categories of water quality standards for reclaimed domestic wastewater, sets forth the allowable uses for each water quality standard category, and adds food crop irrigation as an allowable use for reclaimed domestic wastewater. Section 3 also authorizes the commission to establish new categories of water quality standards and to recategorize any use of reclaimed domestic wastewater to a less stringent category of water quality standard. The commission may develop more stringent standards by rule if it determines that the existing standards and categories are not protective of public health and identifies a specific health risk posed by the use of reclaimed domestic wastewater under the existing standards. Section 3 also authorizes the water quality control division, after conducting a public stakeholders' process, to develop policy, guidance, or best management practices for use of reclaimed domestic wastewater. Finally, section 3 authorizes the division of administration in the department of public health and environment to grant variances for uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater.

Sections 1, 2, and 4 make conforming amendments.

Section 5 appropriates $14,399 in the 2018-19 fiscal year from the general fund to the department of public health and environment for use by the water quality control division to implement the bill.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

 

Latest update: April 28, 2018
04/28/2018 - Governor Became Law
04/17/2018 - Sent to the Governor
04/16/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate
04/16/2018 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/05/2018 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/04/2018 - Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
04/03/2018 - Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/22/2018 - Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
03/12/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
03/05/2018 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/01/2018 - House Third Reading Laid Over to 03/05/2018 - No Amendments
02/28/2018 - House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
02/27/2018 - House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/28/2018 - No Amendments
02/23/2018 - House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
01/29/2018 - House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to Appropriations
01/18/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources