(a) As used in this section, sections 16-262o to 16-262q, inclusive, and section 16-262s, “water company” means either (1) a corporation, company, association, joint stock association, partnership, municipality, other entity or person, or lessee thereof, owning, leasing, maintaining, operating, managing or controlling any pond, lake, reservoir, stream, well or distributing plant or system employed for the purpose of supplying water to not less than two service connections or twenty-five persons, or (2) a deficient well system serving existing properties within a defined geographic area with not less than twenty-five persons served by private wells that (A) do not meet public health standards for potable water, (B) have had funding discontinued for filters provided pursuant to subsection (a) of section 22a-471 to respond to documented groundwater contamination, (C) are otherwise unable to serve the existing properties with adequate water quality, volume or pressure, or (D) limit the on-site resolution of documented wastewater disposal issues in the system.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 16-262n
- Authority: means the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and "department" means the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
- Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
- Person: means an individual, business, firm, corporation, association, joint stock association, trust, partnership or limited liability company. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Plant: includes all real estate, buildings, tracks, pipes, mains, poles, wires and other fixed or stationary construction and equipment, wherever located, used in the conduct of the business of the company. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Water company: includes every person owning, leasing, maintaining, operating, managing or controlling any pond, lake, reservoir, stream, well or distributing plant or system employed for the purpose of supplying water to fifty or more consumers. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
(b) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, in consultation with the Department of Public Health and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, may review the economic viability of a water company, except a municipal water company, based upon performance measures of the company’s stability and financial condition, technical and managerial expertise and efficiency, and physical condition and capacity of plant. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall make recommendations for improvement or provide counseling to a reviewed water company to assist in improving the company’s economic viability.
(c) Whenever any water company fails to comply with an order issued pursuant to section 16-11, 25-32, 25-33 or 25-34, concerning the availability or potability of water or the provision of water at adequate volume and pressure, or if the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority determines a water company does not possess economic viability pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, the Department of Public Health and, when its participation is required, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, may, or following a request from a water company filed pursuant to section 16-46, shall, after notice to public and private water companies, municipal utilities furnishing water service, municipalities or other appropriate governmental agencies in the service area of the water company, conduct a hearing in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-176e, 4-177, 4-177c and 4-180 to determine the actions that may be taken and the expenditures that may be required, including the acquisition of the water company by a suitable public or private entity, to assure the availability and potability of water and the provision of water at adequate volume and pressure to the persons served by the water company at a reasonable cost.