It shall be the duty of the joint committee to consult and counsel with the state
water resources board, the water department of the several cities, towns and water
districts of the state, and all federal, state, and municipal agencies and quasi-municipal
corporations dealing with development and operation of water supplies, water control
structures, water works, purification plants, desalination methods and plants, and
water pipe lines and distribution systems, and to conduct a continuing study and review
of the water requirements, resources, supplies, and methods of acquisition and distribution
throughout the state. It shall constantly review the needs and water resources of all the communities
of the state and explore the desirability of merging or integrating several water
departments and water companies. It shall investigate the feasibility of utilizing water reservoirs for recreational
purposes. It shall also evaluate the reasonableness of water rates and charges.
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