Upcoming Regulations for Drinking Water
Last Update: May 23, 2013
Proposed/Recently Approved Regulations in the Formal Process
In addition to drinking water-related regulations that are proposed or have completed the formal regulatory process, CDPH's Drinking Water Program has upcoming regulations. The following regulations will eventually be submitted to the Office of Regulations and Hearings (OOR) for review (an early stage of the regulation adoption process). For more information, please contact Mike McKibben.
- Groundwater Replenishment with Recycled Water: Pursuant to Water Code Section 13562, CDPH is developing regulations for using recycled water to replenish groundwater basins.
In November 2011, CDPH released revised draft regulations addressing groundwater replenishment using recycled water from a domestic wastewater sources, for aquifers designated as a source of drinking water. In December 2011, CDPH held workshops throughout the state and requested written comments from all interested parties. CDPH has reviewed the comments and has revised the proposed regulation accordingly, which is available by following the link below. The proposed regulations would replace the existing regulations, adopted in 1978. The Department is currently in the process of developing the remainder of the regulation package based on this latest draft. Through SB 918 (2010), Water Code section 13562 requires CDPH to adopt revised groundwater replenishment regulations by December 31, 2013. However, it’s unlikely this deadline will be met since CDPH has not received the additional resources necessary to meet the deadline in SB 918. Nevertheless, proposed groundwater replenishment (and surface water augmentation) projects continue to move forward.
Follow this link for the March 28, 2013 draft regulations and other related materials. For more information, please contact Mike McKibben or Randy Barnard.
- Cross Connection Control: The December 8, 2005 draft regulations for Cross Connection Control (PDF) are in the process of being revised. A new version will be available at a later date.
- Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for Hexavalent Chromium: Click here for more information about the status of the MCL.
How to Participate - Written Comments on Proposed Regulations
CDPH's OOR has information on submitting comments during the formal phase of the rulemaking process.
To be added to CDPH's distribution list to receive proposed regulations, fill out the Regulation Notice Request Sheet, submit it to OOR by fax, mail or email. OOR's contact information is here.