The Water Planning Council, made up of state officials from P.U.R.A.; O.P.M.; D.E.E.P.; and D.P.H. have met in December, 2017 and in January, 2018 to consider public comments and suggested input into the draft plan. The comment log can be viewed at:
Thanks are due to the MANY supporters of Save Our Water CT who sent in impassioned pleas for the state officials to recognize water as a public trust (perhaps the most frequently mentioned comment) and to recommend regulations for the sale of CT water to industrial corporate water bottlers.
After a heated debate, the consensus of the panel was to include water as a public trust in the body and executive summary of the State Water Plan, largely due to overwhelming public comment. Of note, the D.P.H. representative, Lori Mathieu, opposed its inclusion.
Still unknown is whether any mention of water bottling appears in the finalized document. Despite multiple comments made in person by members of Save Our Water CT, the draft plan included scant mention of the issue.
Stay tuned! The finalized plan will be submitted to the CT General Assembly on January 22, 2018. Public hearings will be held before it is adopted as state policy.
Save Our Water CT
Citizen advocates acting to protect and conserve Connecticut's public trust waters.