Governor Arnold Shwarzenegger signed legislation to permit six more of California’s wastewater districts to restrict or ban the use of all salt based water treatment systems. LA County previously banned these devices without “grand fathering” any existing equipment owned by homeowners or commercial properties.
AB 1366 by Assemblymember Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) will improve water quality by addressing the problem of excess salinity caused by residential water softeners. The bill gives greater discretion to local water agencies where surface and groundwater supplies are particularly susceptible to salt contamination with additional authority to manage these salt discharges. The bill applies to the South Coast, Central Coast, San Joaquin Valley, Tulare Lake and the lower half of the Sacramento Valley hydrologic regions.