Senate Bill 536 (SB 536) Study
December 1, 2015 Report on Expansion of
Beneficial Uses of Reclaimed Water,
Stormwater, and Excess Surface Water
SB 536, which passed in the 2014 legislative session,
required "DEP, in coordination with stakeholders shall conduct a
comprehensive study and submit a report on the expansion of use of
reclaimed water, stormwater, and excess surface water in this state."
Additional requirements included:
Hold a minimum of two
to gather input on the study.
- Provide opportunity for public to
written comments before
submitting the report.
- Submit report to Governor, Senate
President, Speaker of the House no later
than December 1, 2015, that includes the
- Identification of measures that would lead to
the efficient use for reclaimed water.
- Identification of environmental,
engineering, public health, public
perception, and fiscal constraints of
expansion, including utility rate
structures for reclaimed water.
- Identification of areas in the state where
traditional water supply sources are
limited and the use of reclaimed water,
stormwater, or excess surface water for
irrigation or other purposes is
- Recommendation of permit incentives, such as
extending current authorization for
long-term consumptive use permits for
all entities that substitute reclaimed
water for traditional water sources that
become unavailable or otherwise cost
- Determination of the feasibility, benefit,
and cost estimate of the infrastructure
needed to construct regional storage
features on public or private lands for
reclaimed water, stormwater, and excess
surface water, including the collection
and delivery mechanisms for beneficial
uses such as agricultural irrigation,
power generation, public water supply,
wetland restoration, groundwater
recharge, and waterbody base flow
Public Workshop Materials & Stakeholder Comments
Presentation materials from the SB 536
public workshops are available from the links below.
Stakeholder comments received during the development of the report, can be
accessed through DEP's FTP site.