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File #: 21-0623    Version: 1
Type: Consent - Resolution Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 10/28/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/9/2021 Final action:
Title: Support for Federal PFAS Legislation to protect ratepayers and water agencies. Resolution No. 11364.
Attachments: 1. Staff Report, 2. Resolution No. 11364

TO:                                          Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council


THRU:                     Thomas R. Hatch, Interim City Manager


FROM:                     Christopher Cash, Public Works Director



1.                     Subject


Support for Federal PFAS Legislation to protect ratepayers and water agencies. Resolution No. 11364.


2.                     Summary

The Orange County Groundwater Basin supplies 77% of the water supply to residents, business, and visitors of Orange. PFAS has been detected in the Basin, entering primarily via the Santa Ana River whose flows infiltrate into and recharge the Basin. Although chemical manufacturers are the original source of PFAS chemicals, the City must find ways to remove them from our water supplies. PFAS impact to Orange County is estimated to cost more than $1 billion, over 30 years, a cost that will likely increase. The City of Orange supports federal legislation that protects ratepayers and water/wastewater agencies from these devastating impacts and urges Congress to cast votes that support these public policy positions.

3.                     Recommended Action


Adopt Resolution No. 11364. A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Orange expressing support for Federal PFAS Legislation protecting ratepayers and water and wastewater agencies. 


4.                     Fiscal Impact


5.                     Strategic Plan Goals

Goal 1: Provide for a safe community

b: Provide and maintain infrastructure necessary to ensure the safety of the public.

Goal 4: Provide outstanding public service

b: Provide facilities and services to meet customer expectations.

6.                     Discussion and Background

In coordination with the Orange County Water District, the City closely monitors potential PFAS legislation and advocates for critical PFAS policy priorities including: 1) All PFAS related legislation must exempt water and water agencies from any liability for PFAS clean-up costs, 2) All legislative efforts to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act must preserve the current use of cost-benefit analysis in the development of drinking water standards, and 3) Provide funding for PFAS remediation to water and wastewater agencies. Staff recommends adoption of the attached resolution that will aid the City in communicating its position on these important public policy matters to stakeholders and legislators.

7.                     ATTACHMENTS

                     Resolution No. 11364