OFFICIALS TO RECOMMEND A VOTE TO RESCIND AT PUBLIC HEARING ON DEC 5TH
MDC Commissioners will be voting on an important institutional policy immediately following a public hearing at 5 PM on Monday December 5th at their 555 Main St. Headquarters in Hartford. Top officials, including Scott Jellison, CEO and Chairman William DiBella have recommended that the volume discounts enacted last December- and as of yet unused- be rescinded AT LEAST FOR THIS YEAR.
The discounts, which could have amounted to ~$2M/year if Niagara opened 4 lines, have been vigorously opposed by the public, environmentalists, and Save Our Water CT. With over half the state in a severe drought, and the reservoirs of MDC serving as an emergency back-up for surrounding towns, exporting single-serve bottles of water out of state seemed poor public policy. In addition, incentivizing one company to use large amounts of water, while calling for conservation measures for residents made little sense.
It is unclear how the MDC commissioners will vote on Monday the 5th. Save Our Water CT is encouraging all concerned residents to voice their opinions at the meeting or by contact their MDC representatives by email or phone (themdc.org/district-board/board-members). Of note, the MDC foresees asking its member towns to weigh in on the subject of water rate discounts, which could be re-instated at any time as an "economic development" tool. Save Our Water CT notes that shareholder-owned water utilities in CT, which are regulated by P.U.R.A. (the Public Utilities Regulatory Agency), are allowed to give discounts based on the category of use and the cost to supply the water, but not based on volume. During periods of water supply shortage, volume based discounts directly contradict conservation efforts. Instead, "conservation pricing" should be instated by the public and municipal water utilities.
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Citizen advocates acting to protect and conserve Connecticut's public trust waters.