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(Oct 03, 2012) On September 25, 2012, the state of
The bill amends the California Water Code (California Water Code (last visited Oct. 1, 2012)), adding section 106.3. It states that it is "the established policy of the state that every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes." (Assembly Bill 685, supra.) It also provides in subdivision (b) that state agencies must consider that provision when taking actions "revising, adopting, or establishing policies, regulations, and grant criteria" if those steps "are pertinent to the uses of water described in this section." (
(c) This section does not expand any obligation of the state to provide water or to require the expenditure of additional resources to develop water infrastructure beyond the obligations that may exist pursuant to subdivision (b);
(d) This section shall not apply to water supplies for new development; [and]
(e) The implementation of this section shall not infringe on the rights or responsibilities of any public water system. (
The U.N. Special Rapporteur had visited
The Special Rapporteur is an independent expert, working in an unpaid capacity for the U.N. Human Rights Council. (
Water rights are a special concern of the United Nations; in July 2010 the General Assembly adopted a resolution stating that it is a basic human right to have access to potable drinking water. (Press Release, General Assembly, GA 10967, General Assembly Adopts Resolution Recognizing Access to Clean Water, Sanitation as Human Right, by Recorded Vote of 122 in Favour, None Against, 41 Abstentions (July 28, 2010); Cynthia Miley, UN Rights Expert Welcomes California Safe Drinking Water Law, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. 30, 2012).)
A similar bill had been passed in
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Last updated: 10/03/2012