Energy and Technology Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6994

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING SERVICE PIPES OF WATER COMPANIES.

Vote Date:

3/24/2015

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/17/2015

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Energy and Technology Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

The purpose of this bill is to allow service lines to cross intervening property lines.

The substitute language allows the bill to conform with the PURA Regulations 16-11-64.

Sub section( b) adds if the application is denied the applicant can apply for an exception. PURA then can review the application and may grant an exception.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None provided

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Testimony of Elizabeth Gara

On behalf of Connecticut Water Works Association

Testified in support of the bill. She stated there are many circumstances when installing a service line that crosses an intervening property line is more feasible and prudent than installing a main extension. As a result, the vast majority of requests for an exception are approved by PURA.

Simplifying the process makes a lot of sense, particularly as the state looks for ways to reduce administrative costs.

Testimony of Maureen Westbrook

On behalf of Connecticut Water Company

Testified in support of this bill. She believes that the changes proposed in this bill are intended to streamline the process for customers, the company, and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority when site-specific conditions warrant the installation of a service pipe that crosses intervening properties, rather than installing or extending a main in the road to serve a single premise.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None provided

Reported by: Mark Severance

04/02/15