Connecticut has over 2,500 public water systems and around 85% of the state’s 3.6 million residents get their drinking water from community systems. Connecticut’s Department of Public Health’s Drinking Water Section (DWS) is responsible for the administration and implementation of state and federal public health-focused drinking water laws and regulations, including the SDWA.
Signed on 07/13/2021
Prohibits the use of class B firefighting foam that contains an intentionally added perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substance. By October 1, 2021, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection must develop or identify a take-back program for municipally owned class B firefighting foam containing PFAS. Additionally, “As soon as feasible, but not later than December 31, 2023, no food package to which PFAS has been intentionally introduced during manufacturing or distribution in any amount shall be offered for sale or for promotional purposes in this state by its manufacturer or distributor.” While this Act does not directly address PFAS in drinking water, it signals movement by the state to regulate PFAS and end source contamination.
Requires each municipality with a certain population served by a private water company to adopt ordinances to protect seniors, Veterans, and low-income families from foreclosure due to past due sewer fees, to lower the interest rate charged on delinquent assessments, to restrict assignees of Authorities from purchasing foreclosed properties, requires the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to establish a program to regulate charges, assessments, and lien processes.
Outlines the Water Planning Council’s (representatives of four state agencies: Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Office of Policy and Management, and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and the Department of Public Health) ability to implement the State Water Plan to manage water resources. States that “water is a public trust pursuant to Section 22a-15, in which the General Assembly has found and declared that there is a public trust in the air, water and other natural resource of the state of Connecticut and that each person is entitled to the protection, preservation and enhancement of the same.”
Connecticut State Water Plan
Comprehensive statewide water management plan focused on decision making, maintaining highest quality drinking water, balancing water uses, conservation, and maintaining and improving scientific data.
Connecticut is the only state in the U.S. that prohibits wastewater discharges to drinking water sources, “preserving our highest quality waters for drinking (Class A).”