By Riamy Beuscher, communications intern

water tankCalifornia currently has 7,642 water systems, 63 percent of which have 200 or fewer connections. Sen. Bob Wieckowski has introduced Senate Bill 1263 to require applicants to coordinate efforts with nearby water agencies before creating a new agency.

“In its current form, the bill would set up an open-ended bureaucratic process that could make it more expensive to build new homes and developments,” Valerie Nera, a lobbyist with the California Chamber of Commerce, which opposes the bill, told Mercury News.

The bill’s supporters cite a 2015 state water board report that showed systems with under 200 connections accounted for 69 percent of all arsenic violations , 94 percent of nitrate violations and 92 percent of bacteria violations in California.

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