Santa Clarita Valley water sustainability measure moves forward

SACRAMENTO – Today Senator Scott Wilk, R-Antelope Valley, announces the Senate Committee on Natural Resources passed Senate Bill 634, a measure to facilitate the creation of a single water district in the Santa Clarity Valley. The vote was 7 to 0 in support of the bill.

“I am very pleased the Committee sees the value in unifying the current patchwork of regional water management in the Santa Clarita Valley into one streamlined agency,” said Wilk. “SB 634 would establish a 21st Century modern government agency that will not only serve the needs of my district, but will become a model for water agencies throughout the state.”

This measure is the result of negotiations between the Castaic Lake Water Agency and Newhall County Water District to create a single Santa Clarita Valley Water District. The proposed water district consolidation will integrate water resource management addressing efforts to address recycled water development, groundwater, conservation and other local water resource options.

This bill is double-referred to the Governance and Finance Committee. 

“This bill is a work in progress and I am committed to getting it right.  That means moving forward in a collaborative manner engaging all parties, said Wilk. “I am convinced when all is said and done the new agency will provide improved reliability, water quality and allow for a unified regional approach to Santa Clarita Valley water issues, all to the benefit of the environment and ratepayers.

Testifying in support of the bill were Maria Gutzeit, President of the Newhall County Water District and Gary Martin, Board of Director of the Castaic Lake Water Agency.