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MDC ordered to release water plan

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A group of concerned citizens fought to get information, and it looks like they may have won the battle.

"Save Our Water" wanted to know more about the Metropolitan District's water supply, but were told those documents were top secret.

They filed a complaint with the Freedom of Information Commission, and got some good news at a hearing on Tuesday.

When Save Our Water asked the Department of Public Health, which regulates drinking water, to see the MDC’s water plan, the MDC objected. But the group filed a complaint, and that may have helped.

"We really need to know if we have enough water. There's climate change, we have a drought,” said Val Rossetti, of Save Our Water.

At first, the Department of Public Health agreed to release documents with some redactions, but the MDC objected, saying it was protected under Homeland Security.

"That the entire water system supply plan had been essentially marked confidential and that no portion of the plan could be released at all,” said Daniel Klau, the attorney for Save Our Water.

The group filed a complaint with the Freedom of Information Commission, and at a hearing on Tuesday, the Department of Public Health agreed to release the water plan to the Department of Administrative Services, which will redact certain things that may pose a security issue.

MDC said it is okay with the agreement.

"Yes, because we will be included in that review. We will have the opportunity for input,” said John Mirtle, the attorney for MDC.

Rossetti, who filed the complaint, feels if they hadn’t forced the issue, the outcome would have been different.

"Yeah, I think pressure needed to be put on the system to resolve how these after-supply plans are going to be available to the public,” Rossetti said.

Save Our Water feels it is important to know right now, with the drought and climate change, what the situation is with the largest water supplier in Central Connecticut.

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