MDC customers to pay for state water assessment

BY Joe Cooper

Contributed photo
Contributed photo
An MDC water tunnel beneath Hartford's North End.
Regional water provider The Metropolitan District (MDC) said it will begin billing customers in June to fund a new state water assessment mandate.

Required under the recently adopted state budget, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) is assigned to collect an assessment from water companies that own non-transient, non-community public water systems and community public water systems.

Water companies are required to pay assessment fees to DPH to support its ability to fulfill Environmental Protection Agency mandates under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Half of the assessment is due to DPH on or before Jan. 1, 2019 and the rest is due by May 31, 2019.

DPH officials said the exact assessment to is not yet determined, although community water systems with 100 or more service connections, including MDC, will pay annual fees not to exceed $4 per service connection a year.

MDC provides water and wastewater treatment and other services to Hartford, Rocky Hill, Bloomfield, East Hartford, West Hartford, Newington, Wethersfield and Windsor, and provides treated water to portions of Glastonbury, South Windsor, Farmington, Portland and East Granby.

MDC says customers were notified of the impending fee this month and will provide additional information through its website, email and social media.