STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2033
RE: S.B. No. 2645
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Eighth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2016
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Water, Land, and Agriculture, to which was referred S.B. No. 2645 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO WATER AUDITS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to establish a program to implement standardized water audits of public water systems in accordance with the method adopted by the American Water Works Association's Water Audits and Loss Control Programs, Manual of Water Supply Practices - M36, as amended.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii Fresh Water Initiative, and Sierra Club of Hawaii.
Your Committee finds that water conservation is among the least expensive and most efficient ways to increase the available supply of fresh water. Water conservation requires improving the efficiency of water delivery and identifying losses to the system. Your Committee further finds that a water audit helps a utility understand how much water is lost from a distribution system through the detailed analysis of data, which the utility can use to make informed decisions to reduce real or apparent losses. Your Committee acknowledges the testimony of the Department of Land and Natural Resources and supports the suggestion that the water audits required by this measure be conducted by the counties.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Amending language to require the Commission on Water Resource Management to establish a program to provide technical assistance to public water systems and require the counties, rather than the commission, to conduct standardized water audits of public water systems;
(2) Amending language to require the commission to utilize the American Water Works Association's Free Water Audit Software, Version 5.0 or subsequent versions;
(3) Inserting language to clarify that validation of water audits shall be level 1 validation;
(4) Moving language requiring the commission to establish a process for validation of water loss audit reports following the principles and terminology in the American Water Works Association's Water Audits and Loss Control Programs, Manual of Water Supply Practices - M36, as amended;
(5) Amending language to require the counties to submit an annual report to the commission, rather than requiring the commission to submit an annual report to the legislature, and beginning on July 1, 2020, require all remaining large capacity public water systems and public water systems in water management areas to also submit an annual report;
(6) Inserting a definition of "level 1 validation"; and
(7) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water, Land, and Agriculture that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2645, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2645, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water, Land, and Agriculture,
MIKE GABBARD, Chair