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SB 610 (Costa, 2001) requires additional information to be included as part of an urban water management plan if groundwater is identified as a source of water available to the supplier. This law also requires an urban water supplier to include in the plan a description of all water supply projects and programs that may be undertaken to meet total projected water use.
This law requires a water assessment for large projects requiring a Negative Declaration or an EIR. For the purposes of this statute, the definition of ‘‘project” means any of the following:
This law requires a city or county that determines a project is subject to CEQA to identify any public water system that may supply water for the project and to request the governing boards of the public water systems to prepare a specified water supply assessment (WSA). If the city or county is not able to identify any public water system that may supply water for the project, this law requires the city or county to prepare the WSA. The WSA must include:
SB 221 (Kuehl, 2001) prohibits approval of a tentative subdivision map, or a parcel map for which a tentative subdivision map is not required, or a development agreement for a subdivision of property of more than 500 dwelling units unless the city or county provides written verification from the applicable public water system that a sufficient water supply is available. In addition, the law requires the city or county make a finding that sufficient water supplies are, or will be, available prior to completion of the project.