For Immediate Release
September 28, 2018
Contact: Kim Ortega
Rep. Barragán Statement on Gov. Brown Signing AB 1577
SAN PEDRO, CA—Today, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-San Pedro) applauded the signing of Assembly Bill 1577, the California Safe Drinking Water Act, by Governor Jerry Brown. The legislation requires the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to identify an interim administrator that will accept full control of the Sativa Los Angeles County Water District.
“I’m glad to see Governor Brown signed AB 1577 into law which orders the Sativa Water District to accept full control by a state appointed administrator,” said Rep. Barragán. “This legislation is a step in the right direction for the customers of Sativa. I am committed to continuing to work with state and Los Angeles County officials until a long-term water service provider is identified and all households have clean and safe drinking water. I stand in support of my constituents and am proud of their tireless advocacy on this issue.”
AB 1577, would require the SWRCB to order Sativa to accept administrative and managerial services, including full management and control, from an administrator selected by the SWRCB. The LA County Department of Public Works (DPW) is expected to be appointed until a long-term water service provider can be identified.
Representative Barragán, Los Angeles County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Janice Hahn, along with California State Senator Steven Bradford and California State Assembly Member Mike Gibson, who authored the legislation, wrote Governor Brown earlier this month urging him to sign AB 1577.
On April 30, 2018, Rep. Barragán called on the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services to assist with the brown water issue in the communities of Compton and Willowbrook. On May 2, 2018, Rep. Barragán held a town hall to bring attention to the problem and address residents’ concerns over water quality and public health issues. She held a second town hall on June 18, 2018 at the request of her constituents to discuss the progress being made on this issue.
Nanette Diaz Barragán is proud to represent California’s 44th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, Walnut Park, Watts, Willowbrook and Wilmington.