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Monday July 25, 2016

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Public Hearing Announced

The Drinking Water Section will hold a Public Hearing/ Open Forum on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to hear testimony regarding the Draft Intended Use Plan (IUP) for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program during State Fiscal Year 2017. To view the IUP documents and the public hearing announcement please click on Call for Projects, Review and Ranking of Projects and scroll down to the section titled Public Hearing/Open Forum.


Tuesday July 19, 2016

American Iron and Steel Training 

The Drinking Water Section’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund sponsored training conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency in Newington, CT on June 13, 2016 regarding the American Iron and Steel (AIS) requirement that became effective on January 17, 2014. The training was well attended by public water systems, engineering consultants, construction contractors and product suppliers. If you were unable to attend the training or wish to obtain a copy of the presentation from this event it is now available on our AIS webpage.


Thursday July 7, 2016

Circular letter 2016-21 - Reminder to Increase Transparency in the Implementation of the Lead & Copper Rule  

The Department of Public Health - Drinking Water Section (DPH DWS) has developed circular letter 2016-21 to remind public water systems to increase transparency in the implementation of the Lead & Copper Rule.   


Friday July 1, 2016

Circular letter 2016-20 - Water Supply Capacity and Water Conservation

Due to the lower than normal precipitation this summer and the typical higher water demands associated with the summer outdoor water use, water supply sources are being strained and must be carefully monitored. As a result, the Department of Public Health- Drinking Water Section (DWS), reminds you to take the minimum weekly reading of all your sources, keep a watch over the groundwater levels and surface water levels, assess the current capacity to maintain adequate supply & pressure, and as necessary institute water conservation plan and/or measures in order to effectively reduce water consumption. For more information refer to circular letter 2016-20.


Friday July 1, 2016

Circular letter 2016-19 - Webinar Explaining the Water Utility Coordinating Committee Process

The Department of Public Health’s Drinking Water Section (DWS) has announced an informational webinar that will explain the Water Utility Coordinating Committee process. The webinar will be held on August 25, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Please refer to Circular Letter 2016-19 for more information.


Tuesday June 28, 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 28, 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.  

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