Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 30, 2014
Governor signs water reuse legislation
Legislation that will encourage water districts and
municipalities to expand the state’s supply of water through
reuse and conservation has been signed by the governor.
Standridge, author of Senate Bill 1187, said his proposal establishes
state policy to facilitate reuse efforts, and specifies permitting
requirements for projects.
“Improving our water infrastructure is a critical component
of our efforts to support economic development and quality of life,”
said Standridge, R-Norman. “To broaden our supply of safe,
local water, municipalities and water districts need to be able
to take advantage of proven technologies for conservation and reuse.
This legislation will facilitate projects that can help us secure
our water needs well into the future.”
Standridge noted that for growing municipalities, including his
hometown of Norman, reuse can be a practical, cost-effective alternative
to the construction of new pipelines or reservoirs.
Rep. Scott Martin, sponsor of the measure, said the bill will enable
communities to make important investments in their water systems.
“I'm extremely pleased that Governor Fallin has signed Senate
Bill 1187 into law,” said Martin, R-Norman. “This bill
throws open the realm of possibilities our local communities can
explore when it comes to meeting their drinking water needs. Demands
on fresh clean drinking water are growing due to population increases,
not to mention the extended drought we have been in. Water reuse
will serve as a critical piece to meet those demands. This law was
years in the making, and I'm very honored to have worked with Senator
Standridge to get it across the goal line, in addition to the regulatory
bodies who see the wisdom in water reuse.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Standridge: (405) 521-5535