Gov. Newsom signs three Sen. Hertzberg bills to address climate change and drought

Action underscores Bob Hertzberg’s legacy protecting water

September 28, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg of Van Nuys issued the following statement after Gov. Newsom today signed three bills to help protect California water for generations, highlighted by Senate Bill 1157, Urban Water Use, a statewide plan for more efficient water-conservation standards.

“As California faces its driest stretch in 1,200 years, our water policy must match and support efforts to conserve,” Hertzberg said. “If we don’t act now, we will only be making the ultimate price we pay that much higher. We must keep faucets flowing for all Californians.”

Gov. Newsom, in today’s press release on signing a package of water bills that included the three by Hertzberg, said this about SB 1157 in his bill-signing message:

“Climate change is resulting in less available water and more challenging water management,” the Governor wrote. “I am signing this bill to incentivize efficient urban water use while also maintaining access to water for all Californians.”

The other two Hertzberg water-related bills signed today are:

SB 891 Stormwater Discharges – This closes a loophole in existing law to bring businesses into compliance with stormwater permitting requirements to hold industrial polluters accountable and improve water quality.

SB 1254 Drinking Water – This removes barriers to appointing a safe drinking water administrator to provide safe drinking water to all Californians, including about 1 million Californians who currently lack access.

Read Sen. Hertzberg’s Fact Sheet on SB 891 HERE

Read Sen. Hertzberg’s Fact Sheet on SB 1157 HERE.

Read Sen. Hertzberg’s Fact Sheet on SB 1254 HERE.

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For more information, visit Senator Hertzberg’s website and follow @SenBobHertzberg on Twitter.

Majority Leader Emeritus Bob Hertzberg represents nearly one million San Fernando Valley residents of Senate District 18, which includes part of Burbank and the following communities in Los Angeles: Arleta, Granada Hills, Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, part of Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, part of Sun Valley, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, the City of San Fernando and Universal City. Learn more at senate.ca.gov/hertzberg.