UPDATE ON THE CT STATE WATER PLANNING PROCESS (WPC) and the WATER UTILITY COORDINATING COMMITTEE PROCESS (WUCC)
While SAVE OUR WATER CT is fighting to prevent water extraction in CT by water bottling companies, broader water issues are playing out on the state level. Recognizing the need for more up-to-date water policy, the legislature initiated a statewide water planning process that is now taking place under the leadership of the Water Planning Council. (See State Water Planning Council ) The recommendations of this council, being worked out now by vying players including state agencies, water utilities, environmental groups and others, will go to the state legislature for action and likely have lasting impact on how our public trust water is managed and protected. We encourage you to stay informed and submit your thoughts.
Part of the Water Planning Process involves the state’s water utilities. These are the public water companies that supply our drinking water. Here in the Hartford area, that is the MDC. There are three regional Water Utility Coordinating Committees (WUCCs) whose members are public water systems and Councils of Government. WUCC website .
SAVE OUR WATER CT has been actively participating in the Central WUCC in an effort to ensure that environmental issues and public control of our public trust waters are prioritized in the WUCC process. Unfortunately, the water utilities are focused on dividing up the state waters for their control and have been resistant to including environmental issues early enough in their process to be effective. In conjunction with 19 other organizations and individuals, SAVE OUR WATER CT signed on to a letter to the WUCCs and Water Planning Council stating, in part:
"We the undersigned urge you, in your process of water-supply planning, to reconsider your decision to delay evaluation of environmental issues until after water-supply exclusive service areas (ESAs) have been assigned". Formal Communication to the Connecticut WUCCs and the Water Planning Council
You can read the full letter and the WUCCs disappointing response here.
The public is welcome at all WUCC meetings and we encourage individuals interested in protecting our public trust waters to become involved. The next meeting of the Central WUCC: November 16, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. The MDC Training Center, 125 Maxim Road, Hartford, CT.
By Donna Landerman, SAVE OUR WATER CT. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Save Our Water CT
Citizen advocates acting to protect and conserve Connecticut's public trust waters.