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PASSED THE SENATE AUGUST 20, 2012
PASSED THE ASSEMBLY AUGUST 22, 2012
AMENDED IN SENATE AUGUST 9, 2012

INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Gatto

FEBRUARY 24, 2012

An act to add Part 2.12 (commencing with Section 10950) to
Division 6 of the Water Code, relating to water resources.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2230, Gatto. Recycled water: car washes.
Existing law requires the State Water Resources Control Board to
take appropriate actions to prevent waste or the unreasonable use of
water. Under existing law, the board makes determinations with regard
to the availability of recycled water.
This bill would require an in-bay car wash, as defined, or a
conveyor car wash, as defined, permitted and constructed after
January 1, 2014, to either install, use, and maintain a water
recycling system, as defined, that recycles and reuses at least 60%
of the wash and rinse water, or to use recycled water provided by a
water supplier for at least 60% of its wash and rinse water.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares that the purpose of
this bill is to reduce water consumption from commercial car wash
facilities by requiring all new conveyor and in-bay car washes to
install operational, recycled water systems.
SEC. 2. Part 2.12 (commencing with Section 10950) is added to
Division 6 of the Water Code, to read:

PART 2.12. Recycled Water Usage by Car Washes


10950. The following definitions govern the construction of this
part:
(a) "Conveyor car wash" means a commercial car wash where the
vehicle moves on a conveyor belt during the wash and the driver of
the vehicle can remain in, or wait outside of, the vehicle.
(b) "In-bay car wash" means a commercial car wash where the driver
pulls into a bay, parks the car, and the vehicle remains stationary
while either a machine moves over the vehicle to clean it or one or
more employees of the car wash clean the vehicle, instead of the
vehicle moving through a tunnel.
(c) "Self-service car wash" means a commercial car wash where a
customer washes his or her own car with spray wands and brushes.
(d) "Water recycling system" means a water system at the car wash
that captures and reuses water previously used in wash or rinse
cycles.
10951. An in-bay car wash or a conveyor car wash permitted and
constructed after January 1, 2014, shall do either of the following:
(a) Install, use, and maintain a water recycling system that
recycles and reuses at least 60 percent of the wash and rinse water.
(b) Use recycled water provided by a water supplier for at least
60 percent of its wash and rinse water.
10952. This part shall not apply to a self-service car wash.
10953. This part shall not be construed to limit the power of any
city, city and county, or county to require more stringent levels of
recycled water use at a car wash.