Earlier this week the League was invited to provide testimony before the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee concerning the administration of the Water Quality Accountability Act. The Act became effective in October of 2017 and requires public water systems with more than 500 service connections to create and implement an asset management plan designed to inspect, maintain, repair, and renew the system’s infrastructure. The Act also specifies a methodology for routinely testing valves and hydrants, and requires the development of a cybersecurity system.
The Committee is holding hearings to gauge the success of the Act and determine what may need to be done to further support efforts to improve the safety, reliability, efficiency of the state’s water systems. The League offered a variety of tools that could be made available or enforced for use by municipalities to support these goals. An additional hearing with further testimony from invited guests is scheduled for September 25.
The League would like to thank, Senator Singleton as chairman of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee, as well as all other members of the Committee for allowing the League to participate in this important discussion. We look forward to partnering with the legislature to address this critical issue.
• Michael Cerra, Assistant Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481 x120.
• Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney, email@example.com, 609-695-3481 x137.