April 2004
Volume 46 Number 4
 

PipeLines: PWQA Sends Out an SOS—Save Our Softeners
by Ronald Y. Pérez, WC&P Managing Editor   Pages: 

Meanwhile, back at the ranch… Fillmore, Calif., is considering several options once the city’s chloride study report is completed, which was expected to be as soon as last month, reported the Pacific Water Quality Association (PWQA). One option is to impose a special fee on owners of self regenerating water softeners (SRWS) within city limits up to an additional $180 per month on their sewer bills. This has local residents forming a grassroots organization to rally against this initiative. The homegrown effort has produced a website, www.saveoursofteners.com, which is providing background information gathered by the organization on this issue. The city is currently performing the required chloride study as required by AB 334. Depending on results of the study, the city will have to examine all sources of chlorides and the options to control these chlorides including the banning of SRWS.

In other news, the PWQA has moved its offices to a new location in Buena Park, Calif. The offices are located at 6902 Aragon Circle. The new mailing address is PMB 266, 17300 17th Street #J-266, Tustin, CA 92780-7918. The association says the move is designed to put the offices in a more central location to the core of PWQA membership. The PWQA office had previously been located in San Marcos, Calif., in a space provided by Nimbus Water Systems. The current PWQA phone number—(760) 644-7348—will remain the same, and a new 714 area code number will be added soon. The new fax number is (714) 242-7715, and email can still be sent to info@pwqa.org

The Water Quality Association of Wisconsin (WQAW) Legislative Team is tracking various bills and proposed legislation that could affect the water quality improvement industry. Among the bills and issues being watched are:

* AJR 6 and AJR 17, which would require a majority vote by the legislature to pass a bill to broaden the base or increase the sales tax rate or any rates on income or franchise tax. The WQAW supports this proposal.

* AB 81 would require the state to issue a statement of the economic impact of any proposed rules or bills on the private sector. The WQAW supports this proposal, as this would allow industry to know the fiscal impact of any bills prior to their passage.

* AB 30 would allow the DNR Board to appoint the DNR Secretary. This bill has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and is opposed by the WQAW.

* SB 100/AB 267 includes several provi-sions to cut red tape for businesses. It includes a website for new rules and regulations as well as a small business board that would receive proposals from agencies required to submit proposed rules that would have an economic impact on small businesses. State agencies would be required to review all rules during the next five years to determine if the rules place an undo burden upon small businesses. The WQAW supports the bill.

* AB 191 seeks to set standards for high capacity wells. The WQAW opposes this bill and is actively monitoring its progress.

* SB 244 involves well drilling legislation that would require DNR approval before instal-ling a water treatment device on water intended for human consumption. The legislative team worked with Sen. Neal Kedzie to remove any language that would require a permit by anyone who treats water. For more information, call Brandon Scholz or Michelle Kussow, of The Capitol Group LLC, at (608) 255-7477.

To submit an item for this column, contact WC&P managing editor Ron Pérez: (520) 323-6144 or email: ryperez@wcponline.com