03/10/2017

Water Infrastructure

An Act mitigating water resource impacts – S.1126

This bill allows political subdivisions to collect a reasonable fee to be used to remedy/offset the impacts that water withdrawals and discharges have on the natural environment. The bill allows for separate fees for residential and commercial uses but requires that the fees be deposited in a separate account classified as “Sustainable Water Resource Funds.”

An Act improving municipal water infrastructure – S.423

This bill applies a $.70 fee per 1,000 gallons of water withdrawn for private and commercial uses in Massachusetts. The fee will go into a fund, 75% of which will be redistributed to municipalities for water infrastructure projects.