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Substitute House Bill No. 5311

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-100

AN ACT CONCERNING THE QUALITY OF PUBLIC DRINKING WATER.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 25-32k of the general statutes, as amended by sections 12 and 21 of public act 95-257, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Each water company, as defined in section 25-32a, AS AMENDED, serving one thousand or more persons or two hundred fifty or more consumers, as defined in section 25-32a, AS AMENDED, shall annually provide to residential customers, without charge, educational materials or information on water conservation AND WATER SUPPLY SOURCE PROTECTION METHODS, INCLUDING METHODS TO REDUCE CONTAMINATION. Every year each public water company shall provide a copy of these educational materials to the Commissioner of Public Health.

(b) The Commissioner of Public Health may impose a civil penalty on any water company that violates the provisions of this section. In imposing such civil penalty, the commissioner shall comply with the procedures set forth in section 25-32e, AS AMENDED, except that the amount shall not exceed five thousand dollars per violation. Each year the company fails to offer educational materials or information on water conservation shall be deemed to be a separate violation.

Sec. 2. Section 25-32 of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 95-211 and sections 12 and 21 of public act 95-257, is amended by adding subsection (k) as follows:

(NEW) (k) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations to include local health departments in the notification process when a water utility reports a water quality problem.

Approved May 8, 1996. Effective October 1, 1996.

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