City holds public hearing on water plans Wednesday, Nov. 16

The Susanville City Council announced it will hold a public hearing on the city’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan and Urban Water Management Plan at its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Under Senate Bill 552 passed and signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in September 2021, state and local governments will share the responsibility in preparing and acting in the case of a water shortage event. These new requirements are expected to improve the ability of Californians to manage future droughts and help prevent catastrophic

impacts on drinking water for communities vulnerable to impacts of climate change. The bill outlines the new requirements for small water suppliers, county governments, DWR and the State Water Board to implement more proactive drought planning and be better prepared for future water shortage events or dry years.

Water Code Section 10642 states that prior to adopting either, the water shortage contingency plan, the urban water supplier shall make both the plan and the water shortage contingency plan available for public inspection and shall hold a public hearing or hearings thereon.

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Water Code Section 10608.26(a) In complying with this part, an urban retail water supplier shall conduct at least one public hearing to accomplish all the following:

  • Plan Adoption, Submittal, and Implementation;
    UWMP Guidebook 2020 10-9;
    (1) Allow community input regarding the urban retail water supplier’s implementation plan for complying with
    (2) Consider the economic impacts of the urban retail water supplier’s implementation plan for complying with (3) Adopt a method, pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 10608.20 for determining its urban water use target.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the public hearing and provide input. Written comments may also be submitted to the city of Susanville by emailing Marci Rojas at [email protected] Public comments will be accepting through Nov. 18, 2022. The Urban Water Management Plan 2020 Update is available on the city’s website at cityofsusanville.net/rooptown/public-works/water-department/.

The public hearing is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 during the regular scheduled City Council meeting held at City Hall, 66 N. Lassen St.