CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 637 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Representative Ken Calvert (R-CA) on January 15, 2009.
H.R. 637 authorizes $18.5 million for up to 10 years for the Department of the Interior to pay up to 25 percent of the costs of a project in coordination with the City of San Juan Capistrano, California to design, plan, and construct a water treatment plant facility and recycled water system.
The bill also authorizes $5 million for up to 10 years for the Department of the Interior to pay up to 25 percent of the costs of a project in coordination with the City of San Clemente, California to design, plan, and construct a project to expand reclaimed water distribution, storage and treatment facilities.
*Note: The authorized funds are not permitted to be used for operation or maintenance of the project, but only for designing, planning, and construction.
The House passed a similar version of this bill in the 110th Congress (H.R. 1140), but the Senate never considered the legislation.
The City of San Juan Capistrano is located in Orange County, California and relies on imported water from the Sacramento/San Joaquin Bay-Delta and the Colorado River to supply the city with much of its water. The City is planning a $54 million project to construct a water recycling project consisting of four reservoirs, one pump station, and 29 pipelines.
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate for H.R. 637 is not available at this time, but the legislation authorizes a total of $23.5 million, subject to appropriations.