OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 6994

AN ACT CONCERNING SERVICE PIPES OF WATER COMPANIES.

SUMMARY:

This bill allows investor-owned water companies, under certain conditions, to approve a property owner's application to install a service pipe that extends to the owner's dwelling by crossing intervening properties. Current regulations generally prohibit extensions that cross intervening properties unless the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) approves them (Conn. Agencies Reg. 16-11-64).

The bill requires a property owner seeking an extension to meet requirements similar to those required for PURA's approval under current regulations. Under the bill, a property owner must demonstrate to the water company that:

1. the service pipe will only extend to the property owner's dwelling,

2. proper easements are in place,

3. alternative ownership of a suitable strip of land for road frontage is not feasible,

4. he or she does not intend to continue an existing nonconforming condition by extending or replacing an existing nonconforming service pipe,

5. the service pipe construction and installation will comply with the water company's standards and specifications, and

6. there is adequate water pressure available to serve the dwelling.

If the company denies the property owner's application or the owner cannot meet the above requirements, the bill allows PURA to approve an extension, on a case-by-case basis as it does under current regulations. In addition to requirements 1-4 above, these regulations require a property owner to (1) submit a written request for the extension to PURA; (2) be under exceptional hardship; and (3) show that he or she does not intend to avoid the time and expense of a proper main and service pipe extension, or other reasonable engineering solution that conforms to good engineering practice standards.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

COMMITTEE ACTION

Energy and Technology Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

23

Nay

0

(03/24/2015)