Domestic Wastewater Collection System Assessment & Maintenance (Support)

Domestic Wastewater Collection System Assessment & Maintenance (Support)

HB 105 (Jacobs) and SB 286 (Albritton) establish in the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) a voluntary program for wastewater treatment facilities to become “Blue Star” certified by the agency for engaging in specified management and investment practices to protect public health and the environment and to ensure sustainable performance of the utility. The bills specify requirements for obtaining and maintaining certification and identify incentives for utilities that achieve certification. Certification incentives may include lower penalties when sewer overflows occur, a presumption of compliance with certain water quality standards for pathogens and qualification for 10-year operating permits. (O’Hara)