OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5345

AN ACT REQUIRING THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY TO INITIATE A DOCKET TO STUDY THE REPLACEMENT OF LEAD SERVICE LINES.

SUMMARY

This bill requires the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to initiate a proceeding to study replacing lead-containing water service lines. PURA must review and make recommendations on (1) identifying lead service lines, including lead service lines owned by customers of PURA-regulated water companies; (2) the potential costs for replacing them, including customer costs; and (3) lead service line replacement plans. It must submit its review and recommendations to the Energy and Technology Committee by November 1, 2018.

The following definitions apply under the bill:

1. “customer” is a customer of a PURA-regulated (i.e., investor-owned) water company;

2. “service line” is the service pipe from the water main to the curb stop, at or adjacent to the street line or the customer's property line, and other utility-required valves and fittings at or between the main and the curb stop, including the curb stop, but excluding the curb box;

3. “customer lead service line” is the customer-owned portion of a service line that contains lead, located between the curb stop and the customer's building; and

4. “lead service line replacement plan” is a plan to replace customer lead service lines developed by a PURA-regulated water company.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Energy and Technology Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

24

Nay

1

(03/20/2018)