Wieckowski to hold water conservation press conference

June 29, 2015

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will hold a press conference to discuss SB 789, his water conservation measure aimed at taxing excessive users of potable water.  SB 789 will be heard in its first policy committee next week. Wieckowski chairs the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.


Who:               Sen. Wieckowski will be joined by environmental leaders

What:              Discuss SB 789, a bill targeting excessive water users

Where:           Matsui Waterfront Park, 100 Jibboom Street at Sacramento River (between Richards Blvd. and J Street), Sacramento

When:             12 pm (noon), Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Matsui Waterfront Park creates a wonderful visual of Sacramento’s local water supply.  The park provides a panoramic view of the Sacramento River.  Associated infrastructure at the park brings water from the river on its initial voyage to the taps of local residents and businesses.

The Sacramento River Intake Facility is located at Matsui Waterfront Park.  The facility pumps water from the Sacramento River to a municipal water treatment facility, thereby providing potable water to the residents and business of Sacramento.  SB 789 will be heard in Assembly Local Government Committee on July 1.

"Despite the emergency that threatens basic access to water in communities around the state, some users continue to abuse our limited supply in this dire time of an historic drought.  SB 789 will provide a new tool for local water entities to rein in excessive use by authorizing up to a 300% tax on excessive use as defined by the local entity," Wieckowski said. “The Governor and State Water Resources Control Board have taken excellent measures to curtail excessive water use.  This is one more tool local agencies can utilize to change bad behavior and invest in conservation.”

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District, which includes southern Alameda County and part of Santa Clara County.