Wastewater Utilities (Support)

Wastewater Utilities (Support)

CS/SB 244 (Brandes) and CS/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)