DPH: Water Utility Coordinating Committee

Water Utility Coordinating Committee

The General Assembly passed “An Act Concerning a Connecticut Plan for Public Water Supply Coordination” (Public Act 85-535) in 1985. The Legislature found that “in order to maximize efficient and effective development of the state’s public water supply systems and to promote public health, safety and welfare, the Department of Public Health shall administer a procedure to coordinate the planning of public water supply systems.” Statutory intent, as well as for Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) 25-33d through 25-33j and the associated regulations, is to encourage public water suppliers, councils of government and municipalities to work together to resolve water supply problems and related issues. The act provides for a coordinated approach to long-range water supply planning by addressing water quality and quantity issues from area-wide perspectives in regional coordinated plans.

Three management areas for water supply planning were delineated based upon the eight factors outlined in CGS 25-33e. A priority order was adopted by the Commissioner of Public Health after public comment, agency input and a series of public hearings.

Water Utility Coordinating Committees (WUCC) are convened by the DPH and comprised of representatives from public water systems and councils of government in each delineated management area. Water utility representatives and local officials use a team or consensus approach in the WUCC process to solve problems in a management area. Once convened, a WUCC management area has two years to prepare a coordinated, area-wide water supply plan. The group has vested interest in a regional coordinated plan and its implementation because it is their plan, not a State conceived solution. Coordinated plans are built from individual plans of public water systems required pursuant to CGS 25-32d modified by regional requirements. A coordinated plan must assess water supply problems and conditions in the management area, designate recommended exclusive service areas, and integrate individual water utility plans into a cohesive area-wide plan that emphasizes cooperation and coordination between public water systems. WUCCs are intended to reconvene regularly to revise coordinated plans to reflect changing status of individual system plans. An iterative process is vital for successful living documents; constant vigilance and regular updates are required to address future water supply needs, potential conflicts over future sources, competition for service areas, areas of growth where public water is currently not available, changing status of individual water systems, economic impacts on demographics, and environmental impacts on our drinking water supplies.

Individual WUCCs


PROGRESS

DPH intends to convene all three WUCCs in 2016. Progress toward that goal and additional information is provided below:

Informational Sessions

In preparation of the convening of the three Water Utility Coordinating Committees, the Department hosted three informational sessions in September, 2015, one in each management area. Potential stakeholders were invited to learn more about the process and have their questions answered.


Additional Information
 




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