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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

FREE Asset Management for Small Public Water Systems

The CT Department of Public Health (CT DPH) has contracted with RCAP Solutions, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides free technical assistance to rural water and wastewater communities, to provide an asset management workshop for small public water systems. The CT DPH has approved 6 Training Contact Hours for public water system operators.  Please see the following flier for more information on how this workshop can teach you the methods and benefits of asset management to improve the technical, financial and managerial capacity of your public water system.  Asset Management Workshop (pdf)

Thursday February 25, 2016

ATCAVE 2016 DPH Presentations

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

Friday January 22, 2016

Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Opportunity for Source Water Protection

The Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program has published a Request for Proposals (RFP) to support local projects that protect and sustain healthy watersheds (including drinking water sources).  Through this program, EPA will provide approximately $3.75 million over six years to the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities for projects that develop and/or support state, interstate, and tribal healthy watersheds programs and enhance collaboration among the many groups who benefit from protecting healthy watersheds such as drinking water utilities, hunters and fisherman, foresters and farmers, and more. The Endowment is also matching a portion of EPA’s financial commitment to the partnership and expects to leverage additional funding from other public and private sources.

The DPH encourages public water systems and their partners to review their ongoing source protection strategies and efforts and consider applying for this grant.  More information is available in DWS Circular Letter 2016-03.

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 December 18, 2015

New BS Degree in Business Management with Specialization in Utility Management

Southern CT State University and Gateway Community College announce a collaborative program where students can earn a bachelor's degree in Business Admin. with specialization in public utility management - see following article for further details:  http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20151216/new-havens-scsu-gateway-program-to-focus-on-utility-industry 

Monday November 23, 2015


In today’s world cybersecurity is crucial for protecting drinking water utilities from attacks that can result in service interruptions, confidential data release, or serious public health risks. In recognition of this the U.S. EPA is sponsoring a free, one day, workshop and response exercise to teach water utilities more about cyber threats, threat management, and the cybersecurity tools available to them. For more information and to register for a workshop please visit http://www.horsleywitten.com/cybersecurity.

Wednesday November 4, 2015

Presentation - Water Planning Council Steering Committee Meeting  Hartford, CT

Coordinated Water Supply Planning Law - Water Utility Coordinating Committee (pdf)

Wednesday November 4, 2015

Presentation - ASDWA Annual Meeting October 23, 2015 Fort Worth, Texas

Reenergizing Small Community System Capacity in Connecticut (pdf)

Wednesday November 4, 2015

Presentation - Local Directors of Health Orientation Workshop September 15, 2015

Public Drinking Water Regulation (pdf)

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

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program

The Drinking Water Section has finalized the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program (DWSRF) State Fiscal Year 2016 Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List. These documents, along with the Hearing Report of the proceedings of the Public Hearing held on August 12, 2015, are now available on the DWSRF webpage.

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.

Wednesday September 2, 2015

Circular Letter 2015-12 - 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 see current reservoir data and water conservation information.

Wednesday September 2, 2015

Circular Letter 2015-11 - No-cost Cyanotoxin Testing Available to Public Water Systems that Utilize Active Surface Water Reservoirs

The Department of Public Health, Drinking Water Section (DWS) is asking all surface water public water systems to participate in no-cost analysis of surface water samples to test for the presence of two cyanotoxins (microcystin and cylindrospermopsin) that are the subject of the Environmental Protections Agency’s (EPA) recent health advisory. 
Please visit http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3139&q=438906 for the State Public Health Laboratory sampling instructions, sample bottle information and submittal forms, as well as additional information regarding harmful algal blooms and cyanotoxins. 

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