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110th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    110-243

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ELSINORE VALLEY MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT WASTEWATER AND RECYCLED WATER 
                         FACILITIES ACT OF 2007

                                _______
                                

 July 23, 2007.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

  Mr. Rahall, from the Committee on Natural Resources, submitted the 
                               following

                              R E P O R T

                         [To accompany H.R. 31]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

  The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred the 
bill (H.R. 31) to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and 
Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary 
of the Interior to participate in the Elsinore Valley Municipal 
Water District Wildomar Service Area Recycled Water 
Distribution Facilities and Alberhill Wastewater Treatment and 
Reclamation Facility Projects, having considered the same, 
report favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that 
the bill do pass.

                          Purpose of the Bill

    The purpose of H.R. 31 is to amend the Reclamation 
Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the 
Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Wildomar Service Area 
Recycled Water Distribution Facilities and Alberhill Wastewater 
Treatment and Reclamation Facility Projects.

                  Background and Need for Legislation

    The Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) is 
located in the southeastern portion of Riverside County, 
California and borders the eastern boundary of Orange County, 
California. EVMWD is part of the Metropolitan Water District of 
Southern California. H.R. 31 amends the Reclamation Wastewater 
and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Elsinore Valley 
Municipal Water District (EVMWD) Wildomar Service Area Recycled 
Water Distribution Facilities and the Alberhill Wastewater 
Treatment and Reclamation Facility Projects.

                         WILDOMAR SERVICE AREA

    The Wildomar Service Area Recycled Water Distribution 
Facilities will allow EVMWD to receive and deliver recycled 
water to the Wildomar service area in coordination with 
Temecula Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility and Rancho 
California's Regional Water Reclamation Facility. This project 
is intended to supply landscape and agricultural irrigation 
customers in the Wildomar service area. The ten largest water 
users in the District account for approximately 10 percent of 
the District's total water usage and are considered the best 
candidates to receive recycled water under this project.
    Wastewater from Elsinore Valley currently flows to Rancho 
California's Regional Water Reclamation Facility where it is 
treated to recycled water standards. The cost of this 
conveyance and treatment is paid for by a monthly sewer charge 
paid to Rancho California's Regional Water Reclamation 
Facility. The recycled water is available to EVMWD through a 
common recycled water pipeline to Elsinore Valley. This 
recycled water could be used by EVMWD with no additional 
charges if EVMWD had the ability to distribute the water 
throughout their service area. H.R. 31 provides EVMWD with a 
distribution system to use this recycled water.

                  ALBERHILL WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

    The Alberhill Wastewater Treatment Plant and Water 
Reclamation Facility is proposed as a replacement for the 
Horsethief Water Reclamation Facility which will be 
decommissioned in approximately 2016. The initial capacity for 
the Alberhill Facility will be 1.0 million gallons per day 
(mgd). The facility may eventually be expanded to an ultimate 
recycled wastewater flow of 5.4 mgd. This project is estimated 
to save EVMWD $1.3 million per year in imported water costs.

                            Committee Action

    H.R. 31 was introduced on January 4, 2007 by Rep. Darrell 
Issa (R-CA). The bill was referred to the Committee on Natural 
Resources, and within the Committee to the Subcommittee on 
Water and Power. On May 24, 2007, the Subcommittee held a 
hearing on the bill. On June 12, 2007, the Subcommittee met to 
mark up the bill. It was adopted by unanimous consent. The bill 
was then forwarded to the Full Committee. On June 28, 2007 the 
Full Natural Resources Committee met to consider the bill. It 
was adopted by unanimous consent. The bill was then ordered 
favorably reported to the House of Representatives by unanimous 
consent.

                      Section-by-Section Analysis


Section 1. Short title

    Section 1. designates the short title of H.R. 31 as the 
``Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Wastewater and 
Recycled Water Facilities Act of 2007.''

Section 2. Project authorization

    Section 2. modifies the the Reclamation Wastewater and 
Groundwater Study and Facilities Act (Public Law 102-575, title 
XVI; 43 U.S.C. 390h et seq.) by giving the Secretary of the 
Interior the authority to participate in the Elsinore Valley 
Municipal Water District Wildomar Service Area Recycled Water 
Distribution Facilities and Alberhill Wastewater Treatment and 
Reclamation Facility Projects.
    The legislation specifies that the federal government is 
authorized to provide 25 percent of the total cost of each 
project, and that no federal funds will be provided for the 
operation and maintenance of either facility. The bill also 
specifies that no more than $12,500,000 dollars can be 
appropriated by Congress to be spent on this project.

            Committee Oversight Findings and Recommendations

    Regarding clause 2(b)(1) of rule X and clause 3(c)(1) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee on Natural Resources' oversight findings and 
recommendations are reflected in the body of this report.

                   Constitutional Authority Statement

    Article I, section 8 of the Constitution of the United 
States grants Congress the authority to enact this bill.

                    Compliance With House Rule XIII

    1. Cost of Legislation. Clause 3(d)(2) of rule XIII of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives requires an estimate and 
a comparison by the Committee of the costs which would be 
incurred in carrying out this bill. However, clause 3(d)(3)(B) 
of that rule provides that this requirement does not apply when 
the Committee has included in its report a timely submitted 
cost estimate of the bill prepared by the Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office under section 402 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
    2. Congressional Budget Act. As required by clause 3(c)(2) 
of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and 
section 308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, this 
bill does not contain any new budget authority, spending 
authority, credit authority, or an increase or decrease in 
revenues or tax expenditures.
    3. General Performance Goals and Objectives. As required by 
clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII, the general performance goal or 
objective of this bill is to amend the Reclamation Wastewater 
and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Elsinore Valley 
Municipal Water District Wildomar Service Area Recycled Water 
Distribution Facilities and Alberhill Wastewater Treatment and 
Reclamation Facility Projects.
    4. Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate. Under clause 
3(c)(3) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives and section 403 of the Congressional Budget Act 
of 1974, the Committee has received the following cost estimate 
for this bill from the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office:

H.R. 31--Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Wastewater and 
        Recycled Water Facilities Act of 2007

    Summary: H.R. 31 would authorize the Bureau of Reclamation 
(BOR) to participate in the design, planning, and construction 
of permanent facilities to treat wastewater and recycled water 
in the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District in California. 
The bill would authorize the appropriation of $12.5 million for 
that purpose.
    Assuming appropriation of the authorized amount, CBO 
estimates that implementing the legislation would cost $7 
million over the 2008-2012 period and an additional $5.5 
million after 2012. Enacting the legislation would have no 
effect on direct spending or revenues.
    H.R. 31 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA).
    Estimated cost to the Federal Government: The estimated 
budgetary impact of H.R. 31 is shown in the following table. 
The costs of this legislation fall within budget function 300 
(natural resources and environment).

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                                                                       By fiscal year in millions of dollars--
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                                                                       2008     2009     2010     2011     2012
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                                  CHANGES IN SPENDING SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION

Estimated Authorization Level......................................        3        3        3        3        1
Estimated Outlays..................................................        1        1        2        2        1
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    Basis of estimate: For this estimate, CBO assumes that the 
legislation will be enacted near the end of fiscal year 2007 
and that the necessary amounts will be appropriated for each 
year.
    H.R. 31 would authorize BOR to work with local authorities 
to construct a project designed to increase the availability of 
potable water in the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District 
in California, at a total cost of $50 million. According to 
BOR, one component could be completed in four years, and the 
second could be completed in eight years. Under the 
legislation, the federal share of the cost of the project would 
be the lesser of 25 percent of the total project cost, or $12.5 
million.
    Assuming appropriation of the authorized amount, CBO 
estimates that implementing H.R. 31 would cost $7 million over 
the 2008-2012 period, and an additional $5.5 million after 
2012.
    Intergovernmental and private-sector impact: H.R. 31 
contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as 
defined in UMRA. Implementing the bill could benefit the 
Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District by authorizing federal 
assistance for the planning, design, and construction of 
wastewater treatment facilities.
    Estimate prepared by: Federal Costs: Tyler Kruzich and 
David Reynolds; Impact on State, Local, and Tribal Governments: 
Leo Lex; Impact on the Private Sector: Amy Petz.
    Estimate approved by: Peter H. Fontaine, Deputy Assistant 
Director for Budget Analysis.

                    Compliance With Public Law 104-4

    This bill contains no unfunded mandates.

                           Earmark Statement

    H.R. 31 does not contain any congressional earmarks, 
limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined in 
clause 9(d), 9(e) or 9(f) of rule XXI.

                Preemption of State, Local or Tribal Law

    This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or 
tribal law.

         Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported

  In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by 
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (new matter is 
printed in italic and existing law in which no change is 
proposed is shown in roman):

     RECLAMATION PROJECTS AUTHORIZATION AND ADJUSTMENT ACT OF 1992

                          (Public Law 102-575)

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

  This Act may be cited as the ``Reclamation Projects 
Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992''.

SEC. 2. DEFINITION AND TABLE OF CONTENTS.

  For purposes of this Act, the term ``Secretary'' means the 
Secretary of the Interior.

                            TABLE OF CONTENTS

Sec.  1.  Short title.
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       TITLE XVI--RECLAMATION WASTEWATER AND GROUND WATER STUDIES

Sec.  1601.  Short title.
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Sec.  1637.  Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Projects, 
          California

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       TITLE XVI--RECLAMATION WASTEWATER AND GROUNDWATER STUDIES

SEC. 1601. SHORT TITLE.

  This title may be referred to as the ``Reclamation Wastewater 
and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act''.

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SEC. 1637. ELSINORE VALLEY MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT PROJECTS, 
                    CALIFORNIA.

  (a) Authorization.--The Secretary, in cooperation with the 
Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, California, may 
participate in the design, planning, and construction of 
permanent facilities needed to establish recycled water 
distribution and wastewater treatment and reclamation 
facilities that will be used to treat wastewater and provide 
recycled water in the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, 
California.
  (b) Cost Sharing.--The Federal share of the cost of each 
project described in subsection (a) shall not exceed 25 percent 
of the total cost of the project.
  (c) Limitation.--Funds provided by the Secretary under this 
section shall not be used for operation or maintenance of the 
projects described in subsection (a).
  (d) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to 
be appropriated to carry out this section $12,500,000.

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