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House Bill No. 5720

Public Act No. 06-98

AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF DISTRIBUTION WATER MAIN INSTALLATIONS AND WELLS ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.

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

Section 1. Section 25-33 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2006):

(a) On or before January first, annually, each water company shall file with the Department of Public Health, in such form as the Commissioner of Public Health shall prescribe, a written statement containing the following information: (1) The business name and address of the water company; (2) the name and residence address of the proprietor thereof or, if a partnership, the name and residence address of each partner or, if an association or corporation, the name and residence address of each officer and director; (3) the number and types of its consumers and a description of the area which the company serves; (4) an identification and description of its source of water supply; [,] and (5) such other information as the Commissioner of Public Health may require.

(b) No system of water supply owned or used by a water company shall be constructed or expanded or a new additional source of water supply utilized until the plans therefor have been submitted to and approved by said department, except that no such prior review or approval is required for distribution water main installations that are constructed in accordance with sound engineering standards and all applicable laws and regulations. In reviewing any proposed new source of water supply, the department shall consider the proposed water supply's anticipated effect on nearby water supply systems including public and private wells. Said department shall consult with and advise any water company as to proposed sources of water supply and methods of assuring their purity and adequacy. For purposes of this subsection and subsection (c) of this section, "distribution water main installations" means installations, extensions, replacements or repairs of public water supply system mains from which water is or will be delivered to one or more service connections and which do not require construction or expansion of pumping stations, storage facilities, treatment facilities or sources of supply.

(c) Each water company shall report to the Department of Public Health, annually in an electronic format prescribed by the department, the number and location of all new distribution water main installations.

[(c)] (d) Each petition to the General Assembly for authority to develop or introduce any system of public water supply shall be accompanied by a copy of the recommendation and advice of said department thereon.

[(d)] (e) Each water company shall maintain (1) a list of the names and addresses of its customers, and (2) the results of water purity tests conducted under this chapter. Such list and results shall be retained for a period of three years and be available for inspection and copying by the Department of Public Health and municipal and district health departments, for the purpose of public health investigations.

Approved June 2, 2006