The biggest hurdle standing in the way of a water bill creating one new all-encompassing water district in the Santa Clarita Valley is the cost-scrutinizing appropriations committee where it now sits waiting to be considered.
The bill’s author, Senator Scott Wilk updated more than 100 local business people Wednesday on the status of Senate Bill 634 at a breakfast event held by the SCV Chamber of Commerce.
“This is probably our biggest hurdle,” Wilk told chamber members, referring to the cost-scrutinizing work carried out by the state’s Assembly Appropriations Committee.
The two local water agencies spearheading merger efforts these past two years – Castaic Lake Water Agency and the Newhall County Water District – are the ones that sponsored Wednesday’s chamber breakfast at the Tournament Players Club Valencia golf course.
SCV’s water wholesaler, CLWA, and NCWD – one of three main water retailers in the SCV – signed a settlement agreement at the end of last year calling for legislation to be drafted and submitted for the creation of a brand new water agency.
Wilk submitted the bill in February.
“This bill is so important to this valley,” Wilk said.
“We want to reduce cost to you. We want to integrate valley-wide our system between the two (water agencies) who are competitive for grants and who are better to sustain our water management as one entity,” Wilk said.
Wilk shared some of his insights as senator, revealing that the very first senate analysis of water history prepared for the bill by the Senate Governance Committee reads “like a novel because of all the water wars that have gone on this valley for so…
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