Water bottling bill dries up in the state House - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Water bottling bill dries up in the state House

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A bill that would have limited the amount of water that commercial bottling companies can withdraw from state sources has died.

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives said the bill, Senate Bill 422, would have regulated the sale of water to companies like the Niagara Bottling company.

Its creators said the bill was born from criticism of a plan by the Metropolitan District Commission to sell water to Niagara. Niagara is building a controversial plant in Bloomfield. Residents spoke out about the plan back in February.

The measure passed the state Senate, but died in the House.

The Connecticut Water Works Association released a statement praising the bill's defeat.

The Connecticut Water Works Association (CWWA), a trade association of municipal, private and regional water utilities, is pleased that SB-422 will not move forward this session.  The bill would have negatively impacted public water suppliers, customers, and economic development initiatives throughout the state.  Recognizing this, several chambers of commerce, business associations, municipal organizations, and water utilities joined in opposition to the bill.

The amended language, which was rushed to a vote, would have delayed and increased costs associated with the development of the state water plan, undermined Connecticut's comprehensive drought management plan, and imposed burdensome new permitting requirements on certain water uses.
CWWA looks forward to working with the wide range of stakeholders that are engaged in developing the State Water Plan to address issues regarding water policy and regulation in a comprehensive manner.  

In addition to regulating water bottled for out-of-state sales, the bill would have also regulated what companies were charged for sewage.

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