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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 422

February Session, 2016

 

LCO No. 2591

 

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Referred to Committee on PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

 

Introduced by:

 

(PD)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING RESIDENTIAL WATER RATES, PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SUPPLY EMERGENCIES AND SELLERS OF BOTTLED WATER.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) If the Commissioner of Public Health orders the implementation of water use restrictions during a public drinking water supply emergency declared pursuant to section 25-32b of the general statutes, said commissioner shall order that the sale of water to residential consumers be prioritized over the sale of water to commercial entities for the duration of such public drinking water supply emergency.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding any provisions of the general statutes or any charter or special act, the holder of a license for the business of bottling water issued pursuant to section 21a-136 of the general statutes shall not charge commercial entities a rate less than any other consumer for the sale of such bottled water.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding any provisions of the general statutes or any charter or special act, no municipality or entity shall charge the holder of a license for the business of bottling water issued pursuant to section 21a-136 of the general statutes that sells such bottled water for export out of the state a sewer rate less than the residential consumer sewer rate charged by such municipality or entity.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

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New section

Sec. 2

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New section

Sec. 3

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New section

Statement of Purpose:

To prioritize residential consumer water sales during public drinking water supply emergencies, to prohibit sellers of bottled water from charging commercial users less than residential consumers and to ensure sellers who export bottled water out of the state do not pay lower sewer rates than residential consumers.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]