[House Report 109-423]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]



109th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     109-423

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 EASTERN MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT RECYCLED WATER SYSTEM PRESSURIZATION 
                         AND EXPANSION PROJECT

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 April 25, 2006.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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  Mr. Pombo, from the Committee on Resources, submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 122]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Resources, to whom was referred the bill 
(H.R. 122) to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater 
Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to participate in the Eastern Municipal Water District 
Recycled Water System Pressurization and Expansion Project, 
having considered the same, report favorably thereon with an 
amendment and recommend that the bill as amended do pass.
    The amendment is as follows:
    Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the 
following:

SEC. 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Eastern Municipal Water District 
Recycled Water System Pressurization and Expansion Project''.

SEC. 2. PROJECT AUTHORIZATION.

    (a) In General.--The Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study 
and Facilities Act (Public Law 102-575, title XVI; 43 U.S.C. 390h et 
seq.) is amended by adding after section 16__ the following:

``SEC. 16__. EASTERN MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT RECYCLED WATER SYSTEM 
                    PRESSURIZATION AND EXPANSION PROJECT, CALIFORNIA.

    ``(a) Authorization.--The Secretary, in cooperation with the 
Eastern Municipal Water District, California, may participate in the 
design, planning, and construction of permanent facilities needed to 
establish operation pressure zones that will be used to provide 
recycled water in the district.
    ``(b) Cost Sharing.--The Federal share of the cost of the project 
described in subsection (a) shall not exceed 25 percent of the total 
cost of the project.
    ``(c) Limitation.--Funds provided by the Secretary shall not be 
used for operation or maintenance of the project described in 
subsection (a).
    ``(d) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be 
appropriated to carry out this section $12,000,000.
    ``(e) Sunset of Authority.--The authority of the Secretary to carry 
out any provisions of this section shall terminate 10 years after the 
date of enactment of this section.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--the table of sections in section 2 of 
Public Law 102-575 is amended by inserting after the item relating to 
section 16__ the following:

``Sec. 16__. Eastern Municipal Water District Recycled Water System 
Pressurization and Expansion Project, California.''.

                          Purpose of the Bill

    The purpose of H.R. 122 is to amend the Reclamation 
Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the 
Eastern Municipal Water District Recycled Water System 
Pressurization and Expansion Project.

                  Background and Need for Legislation

    Located in arid southern California, the Eastern Municipal 
Water District (EMWD) provides water service to a rapidly 
growing population of more than 500,000, including the cities 
of Moreno Valley, Perris, San Jacinto, Hemet, Murrieta, and 
Temecula, and unincorporated areas of southwest Riverside 
County. Like many water districts in the region, EMWD relies 
heavily on imported water from the Sacramento/San Joaquin Bay-
Delta and the Colorado River. In light of growing demand, EMWD 
has invested in developing and managing local water resources, 
including groundwater recharge, brackish groundwater 
desalination, and water recycling.
    Currently, EMWD uses over 100 miles of pipeline to deliver 
24,000 acre feet (one acre foot equals approximately 326,000 
gallons of water) of recycled water per year. While nearly 70% 
of the recycled water goes to agricultural customers, municipal 
and industrial demands for this supply are rapidly increasing. 
As this transition from agricultural use to urban use 
progresses, water recycling system infrastructure investments 
in operational storage, flow-control, and pressure zones are 
needed. H.R. 122 will provide limited funding to assist EMWD in 
upgrading and expanding its water recycling system.

                            Committee Action

    H.R. 122 was introduced on January 4, 2005, by Congressman 
Darrell Issa (R-CA). The bill was referred to the Committee on 
Resources, and within the Committee to the Subcommittee on 
Water and Power. On October 6, 2005, the Subcommittee held a 
hearing on the bill. On March 29, 2006, the Full Resources 
Committee met to consider the bill. The Subcommittee on Water 
and Power was discharged from further consideration of the bill 
by unanimous consent. Congressman George Radanovich (R-CA) 
offered an amendment to place a 10-year sunset on the bill's 
authorization. The amendment was adopted by unanimous consent. 
The bill, as amended, was then ordered favorably reported to 
the House of Representatives by unanimous consent.

                      Section-by-Section Analysis


Section 1. Short title

    This Section cites the short title of this bill as the 
``Eastern Municipal Water District Recycled Water System 
Pressurization and Expansion Act.''

Section 2. Project authorization

    This Section amends the Reclamation Wastewater and 
Groundwater Study and Facilities Act (Public Law 102-575) to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate with the 
Eastern Municipal Water District, California, in the design, 
planning, and construction of permanent recycled water 
facilities. It authorizes up to $12 million of federal funds 
for this purpose, limits the federal cost share to 25 percent 
of the total project costs and prohibits federal funds for 
facility operations and maintenance. As amended, this section 
limits the federal authorization for this project to ten years.

            Committee Oversight Findings and Recommendations

    Regarding clause 2(b)(1) of rule X and clause 3(c)(1) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee on Resources' oversight findings and recommendations 
are reflected in the body of this report.

                   Constitutional Authority Statement

    Article I, section 8 of the Constitution of the United 
States grants Congress the authority to enact this bill.

                    Compliance With House Rule XIII

    1. Cost of Legislation. Clause 3(d)(2) of rule XIII of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives requires an estimate and 
a comparison by the Committee of the costs which would be 
incurred in carrying out this bill. However, clause 3(d)(3)(B) 
of that Rule provides that this requirement does not apply when 
the Committee has included in its report a timely submitted 
cost estimate of the bill prepared by the Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office under section 402 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
    2. Congressional Budget Act. As required by clause 3(c)(2) 
of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and 
section 308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, this 
bill does not contain any new budget authority, spending 
authority, credit authority, or an increase or decrease in 
revenues or tax expenditures.
    3. General Performance Goals and Objectives. As required by 
clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII, the general performance goal or 
objective of this bill is to amend the Reclamation Wastewater 
and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Eastern 
Municipal Water District Recycled Water System Pressurization 
and Expansion Project.
    4. Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate. Under clause 
3(c)(3) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives and section 403 of the Congressional Budget Act 
of 1974, the Committee has received the following cost estimate 
for this bill from the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office:

H.R. 122--Eastern Municipal Water District Recycled Water System 
        Pressurization and Expansion Project

    Summary: H.R. 122 would authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to participate in the design, planning, and 
construction of facilities to recycle water in southern 
California. The bill would authorize the appropriation of $12 
million for the federal share of the project and would limit 
the federal share of the project to 25 percent of the total 
cost.
    Assuming appropriation of the necessary funds, CBO 
estimates that implementing H.R. 122 would cost $5 million over 
the 2007-2011 period and $7 million after 2011. Enacting this 
legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues. H.R. 
122 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as 
defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would 
impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.
    Estimated cost to the Federal Government: The estimated 
budgetary impact of H.R. 122 is shown in the following table. 
The costs of this legislation fall within budget function 300 
(natural resources and environment).

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                                                                       By fiscal year, in millions of dollars--
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                                                                       2007     2008     2009     2010     2011
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                                  CHANGES IN SPENDING SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION

Estimated Authorization Level......................................        1        1        1        1        1
Estimated Outlays..................................................        1        1        1        1        1
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    Basis of estimate: For this estimate, CBO assumes that H.R. 
122 will be enacted near the start of fiscal year 2007 and that 
the necessary amounts will be appropriated in equal 
installments over the 2007-2016 period.
    The Bureau of Reclamation estimates that the project will 
cost $48 million. In addition, it expects the project to take 
10 to 15 years to build. For this estimated, CBO expects that 
about $1 million a year would be needed to meet the federal 
share (25 percent) of the project costs. Based on historical 
spending patterns of similar projects, CBO estimates that 
implementing this bill would cost about $5 million over 2007-
2011 period and $7 million after that period.
    Intergovernmental and private-sector impact: H.R. 122 
contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as 
defined in UMRA and would impose no costs on state, local, or 
tribal governments. Funds authorized in the bill to design, 
plan, and construct a system for recycling water would benefit 
the Eastern Municipal Water District. Any costs they might 
incur would result from complying with conditions for receiving 
federal assistance.
    Estimate prepared by: Federal Costs: Julie Middleton. 
Impact on State, Local and Tribal Governments: Lisa Ramirez-
Branum.
    Estimate approved by: Peter H. Fontaine, Deputy Assistant 
Director for Budget Analysis.

                    Compliance With Public Law 104-4

    This bill contains no unfunded mandates.

                Preemption of State, Local or Tribal Law

    This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or 
tribal law.

         Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported

    In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by 
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (new matter is 
printed in italic and existing law in which no change is 
proposed is shown in roman):

     RECLAMATION PROJECTS AUTHORIZATION AND ADJUSTMENT ACT OF 1992


                          (PUBLIC LAW 102-575)

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Reclamation Projects 
Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992''.

SEC. 2. DEFINITION AND TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    For purposes of this Act, the term ``Secretary'' means the 
Secretary of the Interior.

                            TABLE OF CONTENTS

Sec. 1. Short title.
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       TITLE XVI--RECLAMATION WASTEWATER AND GROUND WATER STUDIES

Sec. 1601. Short title.
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Sec. 16 __. Eastern Municipal Water District Recycled Water System 
          Pressurization and Expansion Project, California.
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       TITLE XVI--RECLAMATION WASTEWATER AND GROUNDWATER STUDIES


SEC. 1601. SHORT TITLE.

    This title may be referred to as the ``Reclamation 
Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act''.

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SEC. 16 __. EASTERN MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT RECYCLED WATER SYSTEM 
                    PRESSURIZATION AND EXPANSION PROJECT, CALIFORNIA.

    (a) Authorization.--The Secretary, in cooperation with the 
Eastern Municipal Water District, California, may participate 
in the design, planning, and construction of permanent 
facilities needed to establish operational pressure zones that 
will be used to provide recycled water in the district.
    (b) Cost Sharing.--The Federal share of the cost of the 
project described in subsection (a) shall not exceed 25 percent 
of the total cost of the project.
    (c) Limitation.--Funds provided by the Secretary shall not 
be used for operation or maintenance of the project described 
in subsection (a).
    (d) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized 
to be appropriated to carry out this section $12,000,000.
    (e) Sunset of Authority.--The authority of the Secretary to 
carry out any provisions of this section shall terminate 10 
years after the date of enactment of this section.

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