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 Annual Cost Recovery Proposal

The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEHQ) has been conducting stakeholder outreach virtual meetings and workshops to share program updates and to provide an opportunity to comment on the fiscal year 2021-2022 cost recovery proposal. Thank you to all who have participated and provided feedback.

DEHQ presented the fiscal year 2021-2022 cost recovery proposal to the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors on April 7, 2021.  The Board voted unanimously to not increase DEHQ fees for FY2021-22 and to provide funds to the department to assist with filling the needed funding gap to be full cost recovery.  This approved motion also continued the first hearing of the proposed ordinance changes to May 5, 2021, where it was approved on consent.  The second hearing of the proposed ordinance changes was approved on May 19, 2021.  The fees are on the list of approved fees and will be effective July 1, 2021, along with the current fees that will expire on June 30, 2021.

For Cost Recovery Proposal questions or comments, please contact:

Additionally, on April 7th, the Board of Supervisors acted on one of three options for administering the Safe Drinking Water Act in San Diego County on behalf of the State through a delegation agreement to act as the Local Primacy Agency (LPA) operating the Small Drinking Water Systems Program. The Board unanimously voted to return the program to the State.  Over the next year, DEHQ will work with the California State Water Resources Control Board's Division of Drinking Water to transition the LPA water systems in this program over to them. The 17 State Small water systems will remain the responsibility of DEHQ. 

For Small Drinking Water Systems questions or comments, please contact:

Our Mission: Protecting the environment and enhancing public health by preventing disease,promoting environmental responsibility and, when necessary, enforcing environmental and public health laws. 

The Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEHQ) enhances San Diegans' quality of life by protecting public health and safeguarding environmental quality, educating the public to increase environmental awareness, and implementing and enforcing local, state, and federal environmental laws. DEHQ regulates the following: retail food safety; public housing; public swimming pools; small drinking water systems; mobile-home parks; onsite wastewater systems; recreational water; aboveground and underground storage tanks and cleanup oversight; and medical and hazardous materials and waste. In addition, DEHQ serves as the Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency, prevents disease carried by rats and mosquitoes and helps to ensure safe workplaces for County employees.

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