Wastewater Utilities (Support)

Wastewater Utilities (Support)

SB 244 (Brandes) and HB 837 (Edwards) provide incentives for wastewater utilities to follow industry best practices, improve their infrastructure and prevent sanitary sewer overflows and unauthorized discharge of pathogens. The bills create a voluntary incentive program for utilities to apply for and receive certification pursuant to standards created by the Environmental Regulation Commission. Specified incentives include permit extensions, a presumption of compliance with water quality standards for pathogens and a reduction in certain penalties. (O’Hara)