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Tuesday June 27, 2016

Legionnaires’ Disease Prevention and Water Systems

The Department's Drinking Water Section has released circular letter #2016-18 on the increasing occurrences of Legionnaires' disease in recent years. This letter includes a toolkit provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) detailing information on effective water system management to help prevent the spread and growth of legionella bacteria.  

Tuesday June 27, 2016

Generator Statement and Emergency Contingency & Response Plan

The Department of Public Health Drinking Water Section has issued circular letter #2016-17 in order to identify which community water systems currently have generators ready for use. This letter and included forms will assist water systems to remain compliant with new generator regulations, previously presented in circular letter# 2016-01.

Friday June 17, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency Issues a Health Advisory for Perfluorooctaoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS)

The Department of Public Health Drinking Water Section has issued Circular Letter #2016-16 in order to inform Community and Non-Transient Non-Community public water systems on the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Health Advisory for two perfluorinated compounds. 

Friday May 27, 2016

Circular Letter 2016-13 - Eligibility for Service Line Replacement under the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

The EPA Office of Water issued a memorandum on May 9, 2016, with a clarification on the eligibility of service line replacements for funding from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The memo is attached to Circular Letter 2016-13, which was issued to all community water systems.

Friday May 27, 2016

Lead & Copper Rule Presentation

Presentation by Lori Mathieu, Public Health Section Chief, CTDPH DWS - Safe Drinking Water Act Lead & Copper Rule Public Drinking Water Systems in Connecticut 

Friday May 20, 2016

Circular Letter 2016-14 – Water Utility Coordinating Committee Convening

The Department of Public Health-Drinking Water Section (DWS) is announcing that the three WUCCs: Western, Central Corridor, and Eastern, are convening.  Please refer to Circular Letter 2016-14 for more information. 

Friday May 6, 2016

Circular Letter 2016-11 - Lead & Copper Rule

The Department of Public Health-Drinking Water Section (DWS) is assessing and re-evaluating all protocols and procedures related to the implementation of the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) and as necessary sending out reminders and alerts to make sure that the public water systems (PWSs) are fully informed of their responsibilities and obligations under the LCR.  Please refer to Circular Letter 2016-11 for more information.

Wednesday May 4, 2016

Circular Letter 2016-05 - Bulk Water Hauling and Approved Bulk Haulers

The DPH has prepared Circular Letter 2016-05 to alert public water systems that Section 20-278h of the Connecticut General Statutes requires that "no person shall act as a bulk water hauler unless such person has obtained a license issued by the Department of Public Health for the transporting of water to a water company or a consumer of a water company where such water is to be used for public drinking water supply purposes". A list of approved bulk water haulers can be found here: http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/drinking_water/pdf/Bulk_Water_Hauler_License.pdf  

Thursday March 17, 2016

Circular Letter 2016-09 - Lead & Copper Rule

The Department of Public Health - Drinking Water Section has developed Circular Letter 2016-09 to increase transparency in the implementation of the Lead & Copper Rule and enhance efforts to notify residents promptly of lead results.

Thursday March 17, 2016

Circular Letter 2016-08 - Public Act 14-98 Section 46: Public Water System Improvement Program

The DWSRF Program has issued new guidelines for project sign requirements. Circular Letter 2016-08 has been sent to all applicants to inform them if these changes. The guidelines can be found on the Project Steps and Information page.

Thursday March 17, 2016

Circular Letter 2016-07 - EPA Clarification of Recommended Tap Sampling Procedures for Purposes of the Lead and Copper Rule

the EPA Office of Groundwater & Drinking Water issued a memorandum to all Water Division Directors regarding clarification on the recommended tap sampling procedures relating to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). The memorandum is attached to Circular Letter 2016-07 for your reference.

Thursday March 10, 2016

Circular Letter 2016-06 - Public Act 14-98 Section 46: Public Water System Improvement Program

The DPH released a circular letter to all Drinking Water State Revolving Fund applicants to update them on the status of State grants-in-aid funding under Section 46 of Public Act 14-98. Click here to view the circular letter.

Thursday March 3, 2016

Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) 

The Federal Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) takes effect for all public water systems (PWS) on April 1, 2016. The rule eliminates the Total Coliform Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) violation, creates an E. coli MCL violation, and introduces a “find and fix” approach to identify and correct sanitary defects that provide pathways for microbial contaminants to enter water systems. The Drinking Water Section has issued Circular Letter 2016-04 to provide more information regarding the new requirements.  

Thursday February 25, 2016

ATCAVE 2016 DPH Presentations

View the following presentations given by the Drinking Water Section at ATCAVE 2016

Wednesday January 20, 2016

High Quality Drinking Water Source List

The Department of Public Health (DPH) has published the annual update to the list of High Quality Drinking Water Sources (HQS) . The HQS list designates current and future potential public water supply sources statewide that require protection to ensure that the highest quality source waters are available for human consumption. A designated list was required by Public Act (PA) 11?242, Section 59, now codified as law in Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) Section 25?33q. The updated list has been divided into three bookmarked sections: existing sources, future sources and interconnections. Each section is then sorted geographically by Water Utility Coordinating Committee.

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Circular Letter  - 2016-01- New Regulations regarding Generator and Emergency Contingency and Response Plan Requirements

On November 23, 2015, the Legislative Regulations Review Committee (“LRRC”) approved the Department of Public Health’s (“Department”) amendments to § 19-13-B102 of the Regulations of Connecticut Agencies regarding generator and emergency contingency and response plan requirements (“the Generator Regulations”). The Secretary of the State posted the Generator Regulations on the eRegulations System on December 17, 2015 (“Effective Date”). The Generator Regulations are available at: http://eregulations.ct.gov/eRegsPortal/Browse/RCSA/%7B5552BDFF-788C-4516-8BD1-91B8C5479127%7D .
For more information  regarding the new requirements in the Generator Regulations view Circular_Letter_2016-01.  

Friday October 31, 2015

Water Utility Coordinating Committees

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015 the Department of Public Health held the final WUCC Informational Meeting at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic.  Informational sessions were held in each of the three WUCC regions during the month of September, and were intended to provide a history of the WUCCs, overview of the applicable laws, and a timeline for future milestones.  The presentation is now available on the DPH WUCC page.

Monday September 28, 2015

The Revised Total Coliform Rule: A Guide for Small Public Water Systems

EPA announces the release of "The Revised Total Coliform Rule: A Guide for Small Public Water Systems." The guide provides small public water systems, specifically those serving 1,000 or fewer persons, with guidance on complying with the requirements of the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR).   

Tuesday September 15, 2015

Circular Letter 2015-13 - Representative Sampling of Groundwater Sources for Compliance Purposes

The Department’s Drinking Water Section (DWS) wishes to remind public water systems concerning specific requirements for water quality sampling. All active wells are required to be represented when sampling for a particular entry point for compliance purposes. Please refer to the Circular Letter 2015-13 for more information.

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