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Water Desalination Study And Report

Concerning requiring the Colorado water conservation board to study the feasibility of water desalination as a potential contributing solution to the crisis of water scarcity in the Colorado river basin, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2023 Regular Session
Bill Summary

The bill requires the Colorado water conservation board (CWCB) to perform a comprehensive literature review of existing research on the challenges and opportunities of desalination facilities in California or Mexico. The literature review must include a summary of the current status of research on desalination, including quantification of certain costs of and benefits that could be realized from the construction and perpetual operation of one or more water desalination facilities in California or Mexico, or both.

On or before July 1, 2025, the CWCB must complete the study and submit a report of the CWCB's findings and recommendations to:

  • The Colorado legislative committees of reference that consider water matters;
  • The governor; and
  • The bureau of reclamation in the federal department of the interior.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, the bill appropriates $50,000 from the Colorado water conservation board construction fund to the department of natural resources for use by the CWCB to pay operating expenses.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. K. Mullica, Sen. K. Priola
Rep. N. Ricks, Rep. M. Soper



Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details