STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1014
RE: H.B. No. 1394
Honorable Donna Mercado Kim
President of the Senate
Twenty-Eighth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2015
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Energy and Environment and Government Operations, to which was referred H.B. No. 1394, H.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO WATER RECLAMATION,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to require the Department of Transportation to:
(1) Conduct a feasibility study on the use of water scalping technology in state facilities; and
(2) Submit to the Legislature a report of findings and recommendations no later than November 30, 2016.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation and one individual. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Your Committees find that as an island state, Hawaii has limited access to natural fresh water supplies. The increase in development, population growth, and climate change will threaten fresh water access, and innovative water conservation options need to be explored. Water scalping is a decentralized method of water treatment and conservation that involves the extraction of valuable, usable water from a sewerage network. By treating this extracted water to achieve varying degrees of water safety and quality, otherwise unused and wasted water is able to be reclaimed and put to beneficial uses. The implementation of this measure will reduce the State's reliance on conventional water supplies and further the State's goal of sustainability.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Inserting an effective date of July 1, 2015; and
(2) Making a technical, nonsubstantive amendment for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Energy and Environment and Government Operations that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1394, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1394, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Energy and Environment and Government Operations,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair
MIKE GABBARD, Chair