On Thursday the Senate Environment and Energy Committee voted to approve A-2697/S-1783 which would require public water systems to compile and submit to DEP lead service line inventories within one year of the bill’s passage. Although supportive of identifying and solving the problems surrounding our State’s water infrastructure the League opposes S-1783/A-2697 as currently drafted because it fails to provide a necessary source of funding for municipalities. The non-partisan Office of Legislative Affairs estimated that municipalities would see a one-time cost of nearly $29 million to prepare such inventories.
Receptive of our concerns, Senator Greenstein, who is the primary sponsor of S-1783, has agreed to work with the League to identify possible funding sources for municipal water systems. It is anticipated that A-2697/S1783 will be second referenced to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and we hope to have an identifiable funding source included in amendments for consideration by those committees.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney, email@example.com, 609-695-3481, ext. 137.