McNerney to introduce first bill

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, will introduce his first bill this afternoon, a $125 million pot of cash for water conservation pilot projects.

The Healthy Communities Water Supply Act of 2007 will authorize $125 million for pilot projects that increase usable water supply by encouraging innovation in water reclamation, reuse and conservation.

“With parts of California experiencing one of the driest Januaries ever and the impact on California’s water supply caused by rising global temperatures, this bill authorizes critical funds to develop alternative sources of clean drinking water,” reads McNerney’s press release.

After introduction, the bill has been scheduled for consideration by the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment on Jan. 31.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen