Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

File No. 192

    February Session, 2018

Substitute House Bill No. 5345

House of Representatives, April 4, 2018

The Committee on Energy and Technology reported through REP. REED of the 102nd Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

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

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) For purposes of this section:

(1) "Customer" means a customer of a water company;

(2) "Customer lead service line" means the portion of a lead service line that is owned by the customer, located between the curb stop and the building owned or occupied by the customer;

(3) "Lead service line" means a service line that contains lead;

(4) "Lead service line replacement plan" means a plan developed by a water company to replace customer lead service lines;

(5) "Service line" means the service pipe from the main to the curb stop, at or adjacent to the street line or the customer's property line and such other valves and fittings as the utility may require at or between the main and the curb stop, including the curb stop, but not including the curb box; and

(6) "Water company" has the same meaning as provided in section 16-1 of the general statutes.

(b) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall initiate a docket to study the replacement of lead service lines in the state. On or before November 1, 2018, the authority shall submit, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, a report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy containing its review and any recommendations.

(c) The authority shall, in the docket initiated pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, review and make recommendations regarding lead service line replacement plans, the identification of lead service lines, including customer lead service lines, and the potential cost, including costs to customers, for the replacement of lead service lines.

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

Section 1

from passage

New section

ET

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill, which requires the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) to initiate a docket, has no fiscal impact. PURA currently has expertise for this purpose.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

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:

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Energy and Technology Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

24

Nay

1

(03/20/2018)

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