Connecticut Seal

Substitute House Bill No. 5059

Public Act No. 03-175

AN ACT CONCERNING WATER SERVICE CONNECTIONS, AUTOMATIC SPRINKLERS, AND WATER SERVICE TO A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2003) (a) For purposes of this section, (1) "service connection" means the service pipe from the water main to the curb stop, at or adjacent to the street line or the customer's property line, and such other valves or fittings as the water company, as defined in section 16-1 of the general statutes, may require at or between the water main and the curb stop, but excluding the curb box, and (2) "service pipe" means the curb box and the pipe from the curb stop to the place of consumption.

(b) In the case of a water company having annual revenues of twenty thousand dollars or more, all replacements and repairs of service connections shall be by the company at its own expense.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2003) (a) Any state agency or commercial enterprise that begins installation of an automatic lawn sprinkler system on or after October 1, 2003, shall equip such sprinkler system with a rain sensor device or switch that will automatically override the irrigation cycle of such sprinkler system when adequate rainfall has occurred.

(b) A municipality may, by ordinance adopted by its legislative body, require that any automatic lawn sprinkler system, the installation of which begins on or after October 1, 2003, shall be equipped with a rain sensor device or switch that will automatically override the irrigation cycle of such sprinkler system when adequate rainfall has occurred.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of the general statutes, a municipality with a population between thirty-eight thousand and forty-three thousand persons, as enumerated in the 2000 federal decennial census, that, as of the effective date of this section, has a well that provides water service to a school administration building having less than seventy-five employees shall not be considered a water company for purposes of titles 16 and 25 of the general statutes. Nothing in this section shall relieve such municipality from testing the water in such well where testing is required by law.

Approved June 26, 2003