(a) Notwithstanding the provision of § 46-25-22, the commission is authorized to order any water supplier which services any person assessed by the commission pursuant to § 46-25-22 to terminate the water supply service of any person for nonpayment of sewer user fees, charges, and assessments. The commission will abide by the rules and regulations of the public utilities commission governing water shut-offs.
Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 46-25-22.1. Shut off of water supply for nonpayment of sewer user fees, charges, and assessments
- Commission: means the Narragansett Bay commission. See Rhode Island General Laws 46-25-3
- Person: means and includes an individual, firm, partnership, association, and private or municipal corporation and federal or state agencies. See Rhode Island General Laws 46-25-3
- user fees: Fees charged to users of goods or services provided by the government. In levying or authorizing these fees, the legislature determines whether the revenue should go into the treasury or should be available to the agency providing the goods or services.
- Water supplier: means any person, including a municipal water department or agency, public water system, special water district, or private water company engaged in the distribution of water for potable purposes. See Rhode Island General Laws 46-25-3
(b) Upon notification by the commission to terminate service, the water supplier shall within fourteen (14) days terminate said service and notify the commission that said termination has occurred. Upon notification by the commission, the water supplier shall restore the water supply in accordance with the water supplier’s policy on water supply restoration.
(c) The commission shall have the authority to assess any person any fees, charges and assessments affiliated with the shut off and restoration of service.
(d) When service is provided to a residence occupied by a tenant, the tenant may, after paying the fees, charges and assessments in order to restore or prevent termination of service, deduct the amount paid from the rent due the landlord. The tenant shall provide the landlord with a copy of the receipt from the commission when making a deduction from the rent.
(P.L. 1991, ch. 350, § 1; P.L. 1992, ch. 60, § 1.)