SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — State lawmakers want to make it easier for breweries and wineries to recycle their water.

A new bill would create guidelines for reusing water from beer or wine processing for rinsing equipment and tanks. It also establishes water quality testing and treatment.

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The bill was introduced by Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) directs the State Water Board, in consultation with the California Department of Public Health – Food and Drug Branch, to develop regulations for microbiological, chemical, and physical water quality and treatment requirements for the onsite treatment and reuse of process water at breweries and wineries.

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Weiner said that recycling process water at a brewery can reduce the water needed to make a gallon of beer from about 7 gallons to as low as 2.5 gallons.

This aim at reduction and recycling of water is in response to California’s “structural and persistent water shortage.”

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The bill is scheduled to be heard in a committee hearing in the coming months.