PA 15-180—sHB 6994

Energy and Technology Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING SERVICE PIPES OF WATER COMPANIES

SUMMARY: This act allows water companies regulated by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to approve a property owner's application to install a service pipe that extends to the owner's dwelling by crossing intervening properties. (In general, service pipes connect the company's water main to the point of consumption. ) Current regulations specify how service pipes must be sited and generally prohibit extensions from crossing intervening properties unless PURA approves an exception under certain conditions (Conn. Agencies Reg. 16-11-64). The act codifies these siting regulations and allows a water company to approve the exception under substantially similar conditions.

Under the act, the water company must notify PURA of the property's location once it approves an application for an exception. In addition, a property owner, or a water company on behalf of the property owner, may file a request for an exception with PURA if the property owner (1) cannot meet the required conditions in his or her application to the water company or (2) disputes the water company's decision.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

SERVICE PIPE EXTENSIONS

Siting Requirements

The act codifies regulations that require water service pipes to extend through the point on a customer's property line or the street line that is easiest for the water company to access from its existing distribution system. Where practicable, service pipes must be at right angles to the existing water main in front of the premises to be served. Unless the water company or PURA grants an exception, service pipes must not cross intervening properties or operate instead of a proper water main extension running in the street and fronting the property. The water company may approve or disapprove a service pipe's proposed location.

Intervening Property Exception

Under the act, a water company may grant a property owner's written request for a service pipe to cross intervening properties if (1) proper easements are in place, (2) the construction complies with the company's rules and regulations, and (3) there is adequate water pressure to serve the property. The property owner may request an exception only under very exceptional hardship circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. He or she must provide documentation to demonstrate that the proposed service pipe will ultimately serve only one premises, otherwise a water main extension must be installed.

The act specifies that the following are not sufficient causes for granting an exception:

1. the property owner intends 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,

2. the property owner intends to continue an existing nonconforming condition by extending or replacing an existing nonconforming service pipe, or

3. a proposed easement lacks sufficient evidence that an alternative ownership of a suitable strip of land for road frontage is infeasible.

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