MURRIETA, Calif. — Nov. 16, 2015 — Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) will received the Pacific Water Quality Association’s (PWQA) 2015 Legislator of the Year Award at PWQA’s Annual Capitol Days event April 11-12, 2016, according to a press release.

Award winners are California senators or assemblymembers who work to improve the availability of clean drinking water to state residents, noted the release.

Garcia was elected to represent California’s 56th Assembly District in 2014, stated the release. He was elected to the Coachella City Council in 2004 and he became the the city’s first elected mayor at age 29 in 2006.

Assembly Bill 434, which Garcia introduced this year, governs public water systems’ use of point of entry (POE) and point of use (POU) treatment instead of centralized treatment where centralized treatment is not economically feasible, reported the release.

Because the Coachella Valley’s groundwater is impacted by high levels of naturally occurring arsenic, the bill is designed to help residents address these concerns, stated the release.

“PWQA applauds [Garcia’s] successful efforts to require the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt regulations allowing POE/POU water filtration systems,” commented PWQA President Ken Steitz in the release. “In addition to helping [his] constituents in the Eastern Coachella Valley with their arsenic problems, [his] legislation will also help the multitude of small, disadvantaged communities across the state cope with similar problems.”

Past PWQA Legislators of the Year include:

  • 2008 – Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa – currently congressman
  • 2009 – Assemblyman Joel Anderson – currently state senator
  • 2010 – Assemblyman George Runner – currently member, State Board of Equalization
  • 2013 – Assemblyman Luis Alejo – currently assemblyman
  • 2015 – Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia – currently assemblyman