Amended in Senate August 17, 2015

Amended in Assembly May 12, 2015

Amended in Assembly April 13, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 606


Introduced by Assembly Member Levine

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(Coauthor: Senator Wolk)

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February 24, 2015


An act to add Sectionbegin delete 14107 to, and to add Article 6.5 (commencing with Section 14714) to Chapter 2 of Part 5.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of,end deletebegin insert 11011.29 toend insert the Government Code, relating to state property.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 606, as amended, Levine. Water conservation.

Existing law requires the Department of General Services to provide planning, acquisition, construction, and maintenance of state buildings and property, and maintain a statewide property inventory of all real property held by the state. Existing law requires the department, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, and with the concurrence of the Department of Finance, to identify each public building in the department’s state property inventory where it is feasible for that building to reduce energy consumption and achieve energy efficiencies, as specified, and make retrofits, as specified.

Existing law provides that the Department of Transportation has full possession and control of all state highways and associated property. Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to perform work required to alleviate or repair damage to property during declared emergencies, as specified.

This bill would, whenbegin delete the Department of General Services replaces landscaping or irrigation on property or when new property is added to the department’s statewide property inventory, require the department to reduce water consumption and increase water efficiencies for that property, where feasible, through replacement of landscaping, irrigation timers, or spray sprinkler heads, implementation of recycled water irrigation, or any combination thereof. The bill also would impose similar water conservation requirements on the Department of Transportation.end deletebegin insert a state agency builds upon state-owned real property, purchases real property, or replaces landscaping or irrigation, require the state agency to reduce water consumption and increase water efficiencies for that property where feasible, as defined, through specified water efficiency measures. The bill would exempt from its requirements state-owned real property that is leased for agricultural purposes.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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(a) When a state agency builds upon state-owned
4real property, purchases real property, or replaces landscaping
5or irrigation, the state agency shall reduce water consumption
6and increase water efficiencies for that property, where feasible,
7through any or all of the following measures:

8(1) Replacement of landscaping with drought-tolerant plants
9with an emphasis on native plant species.

10(2) Replacement of irrigation timers to permit efficient watering
11schedules.

12(3) Replacement of existing irrigation with drip irrigation,
13bubblers, or low precipitation spray nozzles, or a combination of
14these irrigation methods.

15(4) Implementation of recycled water irrigation or rainwater
16capture irrigation or both.

17(5) Installation of irrigation submeters.

P3    1(b) This section shall not apply to state-owned real property
2that is leased to a private party for agricultural purposes.

3(c) For purposes of this section, “feasible” means that the water
4efficiency measures may be accomplished in a cost-effective
5manner within a reasonable period of time, taking into account
6life-cycle cost analyses and technological factors, as determined
7by the state agency.

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SECTION 1.  

Section 14107 is added to the Government Code,
9to read:

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14107.  

(a) When the department replaces landscaping or
11irrigation on property or acquires new property, the department
12shall reduce water consumption and increase water efficiencies
13for that property, where feasible, through any or all of the
14following:

15(1) Replacement of landscaping with drought-tolerant plants
16with an emphasis on native plant species.

17(2) Replacement of irrigation timers to permit efficient watering
18schedules.

19(3) Replacement of spray sprinkler heads with bubblers, drip
20irrigation, and soaker hoses.

21(4) Implementation of recycled water irrigation.

22(b) For purposes of this section, “feasible” means capable of
23being accomplished in a successful manner within a reasonable
24period of time, taking into account life-cycle cost analyses, and
25environmental, social, historical, and technological factors.

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SEC. 2.  

Article 6.5 (commencing with Section 14714) is added
27to Chapter 2 of Part 5.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government
28 Code
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30Article 6.5.  State Property Water Use
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14714.  

(a) When the department replaces landscaping or
33irrigation on property or when new property is added to the
34department’s statewide property inventory, the department shall
35reduce water consumption and increase water efficiencies for that
36property, where feasible, through any or all of the following:

37(1) Replacement of landscaping with drought-tolerant plants
38with an emphasis on native plant species.

39(2) Replacement of irrigation timers to permit efficient watering
40schedules.

P4    1(3) Replacement of spray sprinkler heads with bubblers, drip
2irrigation, and soaker hoses.

3(4) Implementation of recycled water irrigation.

4(b) Work on public property of the California State University
5shall be subject to the consent of the California State University.

6(c) For purposes of this section, “feasible” means capable of
7being accomplished in a successful manner within a reasonable
8period of time, taking into account life-cycle cost analyses, and
9environmental, social, historical, and technological factors.

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