|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representatives Audette of S. Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Consejo of Sheldon, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, McAllister of Highgate and Pillsbury of Brattleboro
Subject: Conservation; public water supply; public water systems
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to exempt certain public water systems from permitting requirements if a water system consists only of distribution and storage facilities, does not sell water, is not a carrier which conveys passengers in interstate commerce, and obtains its water from a permitted public water system.
AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 10 V.S.A. § 1675a is added to read:
§ 1675a. PERMITTING EXEMPTION
(a) The requirements of this chapter and the rules adopted under this chapter, except the construction permitting requirements, shall not apply to a public water system that:
(1) Consists only of distribution and storage facilities and does not have any collection and treatment facilities;
(2) Obtains all of its water from, but is not owned or operated by, a public water system to which this chapter applies;
(3) Does not sell water to any person;
(4) Is not a carrier which conveys passengers in interstate commerce; and
(5) Is served by a public water system that certifies to the secretary that:
(A) The receiving public water system is responsible for the repair and maintenance of their own water system unless otherwise agreed to by the wholesale system and
(B) The wholesale public water system is responsible for:
(i) including the receiving public water system in its water quality sampling plans;
(ii) providing consumer confidence reports to the receiving system’s users; and
(iii) issuing public notice to the receiving system’s users if a violation of a drinking water contaminant standard exists or if the secretary determines that a condition exists that may present a risk to public health.
(b) The wholesale water system is responsible for the requirements contained in subdivision (a)(5) of this section until 180 days after the wholesale water system files a notice with the secretary of natural resources and the receiving system of its intent to withdraw from any obligation made under subdivision (a)(5) of this section.
(c) Notwithstanding the exemption contained in subsection (a) of this section, the secretary of natural resources may take any reasonable steps that are necessary to abate a public health threat at a public water system that is otherwise exempt.
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