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River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure, Public Water Supply 

Rivers Alliance Priority Topic

Public Water Supply Utilities

2019

Cannondale Well Application Withdrawn (Mar 14)

Headlines and excerpts about water companies being bought and sold (Mar 13)

Calif. co. to try again to buy Conn. Water (Feb 27)

DPH Drinking Water Protection Program Audit (Feb 22)

Recent PURA Dockets Regarding Change of Control of Water Companies in CT (Feb 10)

Utility company acquisitions and mergers presentation from the February 5, 2019 WPC meeting.

Acquisition application withdrawn

2018

SJW and CT Water file new evidence for consideration (Dec 15)

SJW and CT Water can file new evidence for consideration (Dec 5)

PURA Says No (Dec 3)

List Designating Sources or Potential Sources of Water That Require Protection 

The people of CT have a lot to say about their water. (Oct 31)

HOW TO COMMENT on the SJW - CT Water Company acquisition. (Oct 15)

CONNECTICUT WATER UTILITIES Going, Going, Gone (Oct 1)

San Jose Water Acquiring Connecticut Water Company 
Hearings: September 27, 28, October 1
 

Connecticut Water Supply:  The Big Picture (Aug 30)

Water Supply in Western CT Conference (May 18)

Eversource and Connecticut Water Company (Jun 1)

2017

2016


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River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure, Public Supply  >

Mar 14, 2019

Cannondale Well Application Withdrawn

The Norwalk River Watershed Association (NRWA) said it best on their Facebook page:

"Great news for the river!!! Aquarion Water Company has Withdrawn its Cannondale Well Diversion Permit Request. This is because of all of you—your letters and your voices at the meeting in Wilton. Now it is up to us to work together and with Aquarion Water to conserve water—to see it as the precious resource it is. We are using 40% of our water outside and 70% in the summer. Let’s reduce the size of our lawns, plant more natives, install smart meters on irrigation systems, and pass drought preparedness ordinances in all the Watershed towns. Let’s keep working to keep more water IN the river." 

The Aquarion Water Company press release cites as reasons for the withdrawal of the application the feedback they received from CT DEEP and community stakeholders, their ability to continue to use their other water sources, and that they will "...continue to build upon conservation efforts across its service territory."  Aquarion addresses lawn watering as a major problem by recommending that everyone water no more often than every other day, and only when necessary: 

"Aquarion encourages all of its customers to follow a twice-weekly irrigation schedule and maintains a mandatory, twice-weekly irrigation schedule for customers in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Newtown, Stamford and Westport." 

link to water conservation webpage








River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure, Public Supply  >

Feb 22, 2019

DPH Drinking Water Protection Program Audit

The State Auditors have issued a report critical of the Department of Public Health’s program for protecting drinking water.  Click here for the report and here for the Courant article on the topic.  




River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure, Public Supply  >

Feb 11, 2019

Recent PURA Dockets Regarding Change of Control of Water Companies in CT

In the last five years (2014-2018) the CT Public Utility Regulatory Administration (PURA) has considered 14 dockets involving change of control of public water supplies. 8 of these were acquisitions by Aquarion, 3 by CT Water Company. 

18-12-32 [PURA and DPH Review of the Application of the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut and Hillside Water Corporation for Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut to Acquire the Assets of Hillside Water Corporation]

Notice of Proceeding

18-11-01 [Joint Investigation by DPH and PURA of Miami Beach Water Company, Old Lyme, Connecticut] (possible acquisition by CT Water Co.)

Notice of Proceeding

18-08-34 [PURA and DPH Review of the Application of Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut and the Town of New Fairfield for Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut to Acquire the Assets of the Town of New Fairfield Municipal Water System]

Hearing Notice

18-07-10 [Application of SJW Group and Connecticut Water Service, Inc. for Approval of Change of Control]

Decision 
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has concerns regarding ... the failure of the applicants to consider and protect the public interest in entering into the proposed transaction. ...  As a result, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority determines that the proposed transaction ... does not offer sufficient meaningful, specific, or measurable public benefit, .... The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority hereby denies the joint application for change of control.

17-08-10 [PURA and DPH Review of the Application of the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut and Arlington Homes, LLC, and Valleywood LLC for Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut to Acquire the Assets of the Arlington Acres and Pleasure Valley Systems]

Decision Jan 30, 2019

17-06-30 [Joint Application of Eversource Energy and Macquarie Utilities Inc. (Aquarion) for Approval of a Change of Control]

Decision
... In addition, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority finds that the proposed transaction, along with the commitments made by the applicants during the course of the proceeding, is in the public interest.

...

Section D Public Interest. (pages 21 - 23 of 32): As part of the Authority’s overall statutory mandate, the public interest must be considered in a change of control proceeding.  Specifically, Conn. Gen. Stat. §16-22 provides that the burden of proving that a “transfer of assets or franchise is in the public interest shall be on the public service company.”

...

The transaction will provide for local ownership of AWC-CT by an owner with long-standing regulated operations in Connecticut.  Eversource is experienced in the Connecticut regulatory environment, understands the customer base and is engaged in supporting the needs of customers and communities throughout its service territory.  Eversource has been recognized for energy efficiency programs and is a responsible environmental steward.  On this basis alone, the Applicant’s view the public interest to be served by the transaction.

...

For these reasons, the Authority finds the transaction to be in the public interest as it provides benefits to AWC-CTs customers, employees and Connecticut. ... 

17-04-23 [PURA and DPH Joint Review of the Application of The Connecticut Water Company and The Westover Water Company for the Acquisition and Dissolution of The Westover Water Company ]

Decision Oct, 2018 (no public trust mentions found)

16-11-31 [Application of Connecticut Water Service, Inc. and the Avon Water Company for Approval of Change of Control]

Decision
The Authority ... finds that the Applicants have demonstrated that this change of control is in the public interest.

16-07-09 [Application of Connecticut Water Service, Inc. and the Heritage Village Water Company for Approval of Change of Control]

Decision (no mention of public trust found)

16-04-22 [PURA and DPH Review of the Application of the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut and the Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority for Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut to Acquire the Assets of the Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority Lantern Hill Division Water System]

15-08-24 [Joint Investigation of DPH and PURA Regarding Cedarhurst Association, Inc.'s Request to Cease Operations as a Water Company] (possible acquisition by Aquarion or Liberty Utilities)

14-12-21 [Joint Investigation of DPH and PURA Regarding REJA Acquisition Corp.’s Request to Cease Operations as a Water Company with Respect to the Rainbow Springs Water System in Middlefield, Connecticut] (Aquarion)

14-05-11 [PURA and DPH Joint Review of the Petition of Hickory Hills Corporation to Cease Operations as a Water Supply Company] (acquired by Aquarion)

Decision

14-04-22 [Joint Investigation of PURA and DPH Regarding Petition of Interlaken Water Company, Incorporated to Cease Operations as a Water Supply Company] (Aquarion)

13-12-02 [PURA and DPH Joint Review of Application of Torrington Water Company and the City of Torrington for Approval of Water System Purchase and Sale Agreement]

Decision

13-07-13 [Joint Application of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and the Department of Public Health for Approval of Application of Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut and the City of Derby for Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut to Acquire the Assets of the East Derby Waterworks]

13-02-04 [Joint Investigation of DPH and PURA Regarding the Indian Fields Homeowner's Association Request to Cease Its Water System Operations] (Aquarion)

Decision

13-01-11 [Joint Review of PURA and DPH of the Application of Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut, West Service Corporation and REJA Acquisition Corp. for West Service Corporation and REJA Acquisition Corp. to Cease Operations and for Aquarion Water Company to Acquire the Assets of West Service Corporation and REJA Acquisition Corp.]

Other related dockets

18-12-01 [Application of Connecticut Water Service, Inc. and Heritage Village Water Company for Sale of Water Services to Towantic Energy]

17-04-12 [Application of New England Service Company for Approval Pursuant to Section 16-47 of the Connecticut General Statutes for an Increase in Allowed Shareholder Ownership]

16-08-43 [Environmental Study On a Change In Use Of New Britain Water Company Land] 

16-03-27 [Application of the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut for Approval to Sell Real Property in New Canaan, Connecticut]

16-01-33 [Application of the Aquarion Water Company for Approval to sell Real Property in Woodbury and Southbury Connecticut]

15-11-33 [PURA and DPH Joint Review of the Regulatory Process for Voluntary and Involuntary Water System Acquisitions]

15-09-32 [Application of the Connecticut Water Company to Sell Approximately 5.7 Acres of Real Property Located at 350 Enfield Street Enfield, Connecticut ]

15-03-13 [Application of the Connecticut Water Company for the Donation of Property Located on South Center Street,Windsor Locks, Connecticut]

14-08-06 [Request of the Avery-Dewing Corporation, The Hazardville Water Company and The Jewett City Water Company for a Ruling Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 16-47] (change in shareholder ownership)

Decision

13-08-13 [PURA Investigation of the Financial Capacity and System Viability of Small Water Companies ]




River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure, Public Supply  >

Dec 15, 2018

SJW and CT Water file new evidence for consideration

On Dec 5, PURA agreed to suspend the time schedule for their docket and allow the companies to submit  new evidence with a deadline of  Dec 14.  Comments to PURA regarding the suspension of the time schedule and the submission of new evidence were posted on the docket soon after, here they are:

12/05/2018 Paul Anderson,  12/13/2018 Anand Rao,   12/14/2018 David Connors,  12/14/2018 Karen Maines,   12/14/2018 Michael Blomquist,  12/14/2018  Rivers Alliance of Connecticut
 

SJW and CT Water filed new testimony on Dec 14. The PURA webpages for their testimony have links to 12 documents: 

WGL Cover Letter for Motion to Reopen Record and Extend Schedule 12_14_18.pdf
SJW CTWS PURA Letter Summary Merger Benefits and Commitments 12_14_18.pdf
SJW- CTWS Motion for Extension Schedule 12_14_18 Final.pdf
DN 18-07-10 Cover Letter 121418.docx,
PFT Eric W. Thornburg.pdf,   
Exhibit EWT-3.1 Carol Wallace.pdf,  
Exhibit EWT-3.2 Heather Hunt.pdf
Exhibit EWT-3.3 Mary Ann Hanley.pdf
Exhibit EWT-3.4 Bradford A. Hunter.pdf,  
PFT Jeffrey W. Miller FINAL.pdf  
Exhibit JWM-2.docx
PFT Daniel S. Dane.pdf

In their summary letter, the companies list 18 bullet points about their new evidence, one of which is "Strengthening protection of open space." Also regarding land protection, on the last page of  Eric W. Thornburg's testimony, he says: "CWC supports conditions that reflect the specific terms of its agreement with the Connecticut Fund for the Environment regarding enhancing the notice provisions regarding future land dispositions and preserving the protections for water company lands afforded by current laws." 

Two additional entries soon appeared under Motion No. 18, both dated 12/14. One was from the Office of Consumer Council who says yes, reopen the record, and the other from Eversource /Aquarion who says no, don't open the record.

(1) The Office of Consumer Council says: "... the Applicants have made a significant filing of new evidence as well as additional commitments intended to enhance customer benefits and reduce risks.  Such evidence and commitments should be analyzed and tested through additional discovery, technical meetings, and hearings, to determine whether or not the transaction satisfies the concerns raised in the Proposed Final Decision and now meets statutory requirements.
...
OCC respectfully maintains, therefore, that due process and administrative efficiency would be served through a reopening of the record for consideration of the new evidence and commitments, as the Applicants seek through the Motion."

(2) Eversource / Aquarion says: "... the Applicants have presented a slate of “concessions” that they characterize as “new,” although all of the concessions were “available” to the Applicants prior to the December 3, 2018 issuance of the proposed final decision (“Draft Decision”) by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (“PURA” or the “Authority”), and several were already raised during the proceeding.

Although a one-time rate credit and short rate freeze are now included for the benefit of customers, neither of these concessions or any other concessions cure the underlying, fatal defects of the transaction as identified by the Authority in the Draft Decision.

The Authority’s Draft Decision appropriately denied the proposed transaction based on substantial evidence in the record indicating that the transaction would leave CTWS in worse condition both financially and managerially; does not provide public benefits; and is not in the public interest of Connecticut customers.

In this context, the Authority should view the Applicants “new concessions” with a critical eye as the concessions lack detail, depth and longevity, whereas the risks of the transaction for customers are deep and longstanding, as the Authority has already accurately assessed.

Therefore, for the reasons set forth herein, the Authority should reject the Motion to Reopen."

The full list of documents on PURA's  docket system can be found here.

When PURA makes it decision or re-starts the process, it should show up first in its "External Schedule (ES)" here, or on the webpage for the schedule here




River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure, Public Supply  >

Dec 5, 2018

PURA suspends schedule,
SJW and CT Water can file new evidence for consideration

The day after the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) issued their draft ruling to reject the acquisition of CT Water Company by SJW,  the companies file a motion asking PURA's to waive the 120 day limit for consideration of the acquisition and allow the companies a month to file additional information. They asked for this because "The Applicants were surprised and disappointed in the proposed final decision issued on December 3, 2018. They believe that they can address the concerns raised by PURA in that proposed decision and demonstrate to PURA that the proposed transaction meets all statutory criteria and is in the public interest."

PURA agreed but with a deadline for new evidence of  Dec 14:

The Authority conditionally grants the Applicants’ Motion and suspends the procedural schedule.  The Applicants have until December 14, 2018, at noon to file with the Authority any new evidence that was unavailable to the Applicants before the close of the record in this proceeding.  The Authority will review the new evidence presented by the Applicants and consider whether to reopen the record to admit such evidence and any other appropriate procedural steps to be included in a revised schedule.   

You can see the complex set of documents for this docket here:  PURA's formal document list for Docket Number 18-07-10 




River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure, Public Supply  >

Dec 3, 2018

PURA Says No

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, in a Proposed Final Decision, rejected the application of San Jose Water (SJW)  and Connecticut Water Service (CT Water Company) for approval of the purchase of CT Water Company by SJW of California and Texas.
 
Many Rivers alliance members submitted comments  on this proposed acquisition. We have not thanked all of you individually, but please accept thanks now.  In particular, Save Our Water as a group, and its members, individually, led the charge,
 
Here is a link to the PURA decision.  You will see that, as we requested, PURA paid special attention to the public interest and the anticipated loss of local control in the acquisition. Very possibly, this will open the door for Eversource (based in MA) to renew its effort to acquire CT Water Company. This raises the public-interest in another aspect. Eversource already owns Aquarion; a takeover of CT Water Company would give it control of more or less 50 percent of the state’s potable water. Is that a good idea?  Most important:  the public interest encompasses the public trust in water.  As new deals are proposed, protection of the public’s interest in natural waters must be a priority. 
 
When possible, let’s thank PURA for its thoughtful work. 

Here are the last items in the Time Schedule for Docket No. 18-07-10, last revised 10/19



As always, you can call or write Rivers Alliance of CT at 860-361-9349 rivers@riversalliance.org for more information. 




River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure, Public Supply  >

List Designating Sources or Potential Sources of Water That Require Protection
(High Quality Source List)
(Pursuant to Connecticut General Statute 25-33q)

Here is a link to the highly important Department of Public Health High Quality Source List, including both existing high-quality water sources and future high-quality sources. The latter list (future sources) is used in the Streamflow Classifications to downgrade existing streams designated as having excellent, healthy flows from a Class 1 to a Class 2 or to an Automatic 3, which means they will be less protected.

2016 High Quality Source List in Adobe PDF, or
2016 High Quality Source List in MS Excel

DPH's webpage about the High Quality Source List


River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure, Public Supply  >

Oct 31, 2018

SJW Buying CT Water Company
The people of CT have a lot to say about their water.
Get YOUR comments in by Friday Nov 2

See below for a description of how to submit comments, and you can always call or email us.  860-361-9349  rivers@riversalliance.org.  

Formalities: although we have seen no formal notice on how long PURA will be accepting comments from citizens and groups that are not formal intervenors, November 2 is the last due date for formal input before their month-long formal deliberation period. Here is what IS (formally) posted:

Last items in the Time Schedule for Docket No. 18-07-10, last revised 10/19

External Events

Location Status Date Time
... ... ... ... ...
Reply Briefs Due (Amended Agreement) CONFIRMED 11/02/2018 04:00:00 PM
Distribution of Draft Decision (Amended Agreement) TENT. 12/03/2018 04:00:00 PM
Written Exceptions Due (Amended Agreement) TENT. 12/06/2018 04:00:00 PM
Oral Arguments (Amended Agreement) Hearing Room 1 TENT. 12/10/2018 02:00:00 PM
Regular Meeting (Amended Agreement) Hearing Room 1 TENT. 12/12/2018 10:00:00 AM
120-Day Deadline (Amended Agreement) CONFIRMED 12/17/2018 04:00:00 PM

Links to comments submitted as of Oct 31

Below is a simplified version of the part of PURA's formal document list for Docket Number 18-07-10 where they list comments from the general public and groups. Each link goes to a webpage that has a link at the bottom to the comment. Hit your back button to come back here.

08/09/2018 (re: CT Water Company) - Rivers Alliance of CT is very concerned that the public has not had sufficient time ...
08/14/2018 (Rivers Alliance of CT) - We write to urge PURA to carry out far more transparent and searching inquiries ...
08/15/2018 (Linda Pagani) - Comment
08/31/2018 (Susan A. Masino) - Comment
09/04/2018 (Rivers Alliance) - CT needs a state policy on water system ownership by out of state entities.
09/04/2018 (Save Our Water CT Steering Committee) - Comment
09/12/2018 (Connecticut Fund for the Environment) - Update to Service List
09/25/2018 (Melissa Schlag) - Comment
09/25/2018 (Norwalk River Watershed Association, Inc.) - Comment
09/26/2018 (CT Residents) - Comments: John Picard, Ross Spiegel, Amanda Barker, Ed Pikaart, Patricia Van De Kamp, Philip Dooley, Beverly Propen, Joanne Simpson, David Schneider, Patricia Ulin,
09/26/2018 (CT Residents) - Comments: Leah Killeen, Dominic Percopo, Ahna Johnson, Carolyn Levine, Elizabeth Neuse, Robert Erman, Susan Reid, Debi Wheeler
09/26/2018 (CT Residents) - Comments: Leticia Colon, Elke Hoppenbrouwers, Bud McAllister, Joshua Angelus, Roger Coutant, Robert Gauggel, Shirley McCarthy, Adelheid Koepfer, Patricia Cole, Donald McGregor
09/26/2018 (CT Residents) - Comments: Barbara Setlow, Marilyn Truglio-Kirwin, Sarah Donovan, Tom Jannke, Amy Ewing, Storm Kuchta, Katherine Kohrman, Pamela Albertsen, Eileen Beaulieu, Royal Graves,
09/26/2018 (CT Residents) - Comments: Operation Fuel, Inc., Dennis Riordan, Leslie Lee, Barbara Johnston, Eleanor Nettleton, Elizabeth Prete, Timothy Millhiser, Rise Siegel, Alyssa Siegel-Miles
09/27/2018 (CT Residents) - Comments: Dawn Henry, Jennifer Kleindienst, Renee Taylor
09/27/2018 (Waterbury Regional Chamber) - Comment
09/28/2018 (Rivers Alliance of Connecticut) - Comments
10/01/2018 (CT Residents) - Comments: Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments, Helen Applebaum, Libbie Burdick,
10/02/2018 (Susan Cote-DeMilia) - Comment
10/03/2018 (Naugatuck Economic Development Corporation) - Comment
10/04/2018 (Pamela Ferraro) - Comment
10/09/2018 (CT Residents) - Comments: Lucy Ambach, James Root, Pamela Ferraro, Susan Cote-DeMilia
10/15/2018 (Martha Smith) - Comment
10/18/2018 (re: Docket 18-07-10) - Comments of the Council on Environmental Quality regarding the proposed sale of Connecticut Water Services Inc.
10/23/2018 (Edward St. John - First Selectman) - Comment
10/29/2018 (Jean Webber) - Comment
10/31/2018 (Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC)) - Comment


River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure, Public Supply  >

Oct 1, 2018

CONNECTICUT WATER UTILITIES
Going, Going, Gone.

In 2017, Eversource bought Aquarion Water Company (formerly Kelda and Bridgeport Hydraulic).  Overnight, most public utility customers in western Connecticut found that a single, for-profit company would be supplying both their power and water.  Eversource has since looked to take over Connecticut Water, which would give it control over approximately 50 percent of the state potable water supply. 

The Eversource takeover effort is on hold, because California’s San Jose Water is also attempting to buy Connecticut Water Company for $1.67 billion.  During this process, California Water has apparently backed off, for the time being, the campaign it had going to buy San Jose Water. 

Any person or entity can buy any or all Connecticut water utilities, public or private.  Would it be possible to corner water in this state?  Yes. 

Rivers Alliance is urging the people of this state to speak up to protect their water resources.  Is water a public trust resource?  Yes.  But what does that mean if control of water and watershed lands can be bought and sold at will by and to anyone? 

There is a docket open at the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority through November 2 on the sale of Connecticut Water to San Jose Water.  We urge you to comment and to speak your legislators.  See below for a description of how to submit comments, and you can always call or email us.  860-361-9349  rivers@riversalliance.org.  

Click here to go to PURA's formal document list for Docket Number 18-07-10 [Application of SJW Group and Connecticut Water Service, Inc. for Approval of Change of Control] Scroll down that page to see the list of public comments - they all begin with "Corres."

Click to see Rivers Alliance preliminary comments.

Some headlines on water company acquisitions.


River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure, Public Supply  >

Aug 27, 2018

Connecticut Water Supply:  The Big Picture
 

How many water suppliers of what kind would be best for Connecticut?

There appears to be NO law or regulation that limits the ability of any private (or public) company or person from buying every water utility in the state. The state Water Plan has not addressed this issue.  Acquisitions are happening.

Legislation of some sort will be needed to rationalize our water supply system consistent with the public trust in water. 

The comprehensive CT State Water Plan that was presented to the legislature this year (and not acted upon) will again be before legislators in 2019. Again, the key controversy is likely to be references to the 1971 state law designating water as a public trust resource.

Meanwhile, events have illuminated a problem in water policy not addressed in the Plan. At the end of 2017, Eversource bought Aquarion Water. In 2018, Eversource has attempted to acquire another large water supplier, Connecticut Water. If it were to succeed, Eversource would control approximately 50 percent of the state’s potable water supply. Connecticut Water resisted Eversource’s courtship. It announced an intention to merge with San Jose Water (SJW) of California; this has now become an acquisition by SJW, a $1.67 billion deal that was complicated by the fact that another water company, California Water, was trying to buy SJW

Our belief is that state water planning should project a vision of the best configuration of water supply for Connecticut residents, based on the foundational principle that water is a public trust resource. 

At this time, Connecticut has three kinds of large water companies: public (municipal), quasi-public authorities (regional), and private. There are hundreds of very small municipal and private companies (such as a homeowner-owned water supply for a subdivision). At our Conference on Public Water Supply in Western Connecticut back in May of this year, people from water companies, conservation organizations, and public agencies provided great presentations explaining the complexities of our water supply systems. The slides and videos of their presentations are available on our website

Bluntly, the present supply configuration is complex and freewheeling. Most experts believe there should be changes of some sort. But there is not agreement on what kinds of change and who has the authority to make changes. From an environmental perspective, Eversource is a problematic owner of water supply because it has an interest in industrial cooling water and hydropower, and has not been a good steward lately of its open space. 

Obviously many stakeholders have concerns relating to other out-of-state corporations buying Connecticut utilities.  There are frequent assertions that for-profit water companies should be eliminated, but (nuance alert), in Connecticut, private companies such as Aquarion and Connecticut Water have relatively good performance records  — they are regulated. On the other hand, some of the publicly owned utilities have less satisfactory performance records. Both public and private companies have expressed hostility to explicitly integrating the public trust principle into water planning.  

Once again, the BIG questions:

How many water suppliers of what kind would be best for Connecticut? What do our laws say? 

There appears to be NO law or regulation that limits the ability of any private (or public) company or person from buying every water utility in the state. The state Water Plan has not addressed this issue.   Acquisitions are happening (see below).

Legislation of some sort will be needed to rationalize our water supply system consistent with the public trust in water. 

See below for submitting of public comments on Docket Number 18-07-10: Application of SJW Group and Connecticut Water Service, Inc. for Approval of Change of Control)

Related Links



Docket Number 18-07-10: Application of SJW Group and Connecticut Water Service, Inc. for Approval of Change of Control)


More headlines on water company acquisitions
 



List of the private, investor-owned water utilities regulated by the CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) (last updated on May 29, 2015) on PURA's website

CT Department of Public Health's webpage explaining its classifications of water systems, including links to spreadsheets listing 512 "Community Systems"525 "Non-Transient Non-Community Systems", and 1427 "Transient Non-Community Systems"






 

Here are some headlines and excerpts about
water companies being bought and sold

 

Aquarion Water Company Completes Acquisition of Stonington Water System

Press Release 3-13-19


Aquarion Water Company Completes Acquisition of Norwich-based Water System

Press Release Mar 13, 2019

Calif. co. to try again to buy Conn. Water

In an earnings report released (Feb 27), the company announced plans to file a new application with the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority that will address the agency’s previous opposition to the buyout. SJW said the application will likely be submitted during the second quarter of this year.

JournalInquirer.com Feb 27, 2019

Aqua America CEO Sees Surge in Water-Related Deals

Water deals are poised to pick up, according to the chief executive of one of the biggest publicly traded water investors, thanks to regulatory changes and critical infrastructure needs that weigh on municipal finances.

Barrons.com Feb 27, 2019

Fight over Eagle water rights escalates as city files lawsuit (Eagle Water Company "reneged on" its promises to the city, the complaint filed Tuesday alleges.)

EAGLE, Idaho — In a battle to determine who owns the city of Eagle's water, the fight has neared flood stage with the latest development in the controversy. The city on (Feb. 26) filed a lawsuit against Eagle Water Company, claiming that it's being cheated out of its contractual option to acquire Eagle's water system and water rights.

KTVB.com Feb 27, 2019

$0.01 EPS Expected for Global Water Resources, Inc. (GWRS); Bovis Homes Group PLC (LON:BVS) Had 5 Bullish Analysts

The Movefy Feb 11, 2019

Connecticut Wtr Svc (CTWS) Holder Clear Harbor Asset Management Has Decreased Its Position

Financial Headlines Feb 11, 2019

Hingham (MA), Aquarion gear up for battle over water system

Both sides in a costly seven-year fight over the future of Hingham’s water system will spend the next 10 weeks trying to win over residents as they prepare for a town meeting showdown in April.  Selectmen will be asking voters to let them buy the town’s water system — including its pipes, wells and treatment plant — from Aquarion, a privately operated subsidiary of Eversource that fiercely opposes the move and has spent millions fighting it.

Cohassett Wicked Local Feb 4, 2019

New Jersey American Water Completes Acquisition of Roxbury Water Company

Lexology Dec 31, 2018

Franklin Electric Acquires U.S. Groundwater Distribution Company

GlobeNewsWire.com Jan 2, 2019

A Land Grab for Groundwater; Investors attempt to control the West’s most precious commodity

'“Whisky is for drinking. Water is for fighting over,” Mark Twain is famously quoted as saying. This statement resonates especially deeply today in the western US where resource scarcity, an ever-expanding population, and a changing climate have made water an increasingly precious commodity. And it appears that by purchasing arable land with access to groundwater, investors are capitalizing on water’s growing value.'

ForesterNetwork.com, Dec 12, 2018

Lower Makefield seeking answers, assurances from PA-American in wake of water emergency

"... they will publicly oppose any future acquisition or merger request by American Water until every household and business in Lower Makefield has clean water and fully functional water service 99.9 percent of the time during the prior 24 calendar months..."

BucksLocalNews.com, Dec 8 2018

Institutional Investors Are Crazy For Middlesex Water Co

"...49 investment managers opened new and increased equity positions, while 40 reduced and sold stakes in Middlesex Water Co. ..."

The Flecha 123,  Dec 7 2018

SUEZ applies to acquire Eagle (ID) Water Company

Eagle (Idaho) residents could be seeing a steady increase in their water bill over the next few years. That is if SUEZ Water's application to acquire Eagle Water Company is approved.

kivitv.com, Dec 6 2018

"... It is easier for large companies to make arrangement for funds to carry out these major (infrastructure) overhauls."

Nasdaq.com Sep 27, 2018 

"Some of the key players in the [Global Water Utility Services Market] ...

...include American Water Works Company, Inc., SAUR, National Oilwell Varco Connecticut Water Co., Pentair plc, Watts Water Technologies, Inc., Thames Water Utilities Limited, Messe Berlin GmbH, Veolia Water Technologies, Artesian Water Company, United Utilities Group PLC, and LAYNE... "

ZionMarketResearch.com Sep 26, 2018

Top Stocks for 2018 and 2019 -- and the Next Few Decades

"Select water utilities make solid investments because they supply a product and service that are guaranteed to be in demand forever. Their revenue streams tend to be dependable because their core businesses are regulated monopolies. Among water utilities in the U.S., American Water's industry-leading size and geographic diversity provide it with an advantage in acquiring small utilities in what's a very fragmented industry." 

FoxBusiness Aug 29, 2018

Epcor USA Enters Agreement To Acquire Rio Verde Utilities

WaterWorld.com Aug 27, 2018

The bad water bill is now law. So now what?

"...customers ... should not be forced to finance 100 percent of the companies’ purchase of a community’s water system. ... companies plan to grow through acquisition, the roughly 80 percent of municipal systems that remain public could all be targeted as potential profit centers."

Illinois Citizens Utility Board Aug 23, 2018


American Water Works Management Talks Acquisitions...

Motley Fool Aug 22, 2018


Amid Calls for Federal Probe, NY American Water Ratepayers Urge Public Takeover

" 'New York State must be a leader in the war against private water…We must stop this cancer before it’s too late.' Thus far efforts to do so have been stalled by lack of state funding to pay for feasibility studies examining the cost and options for public water." 

NewsDay.com Aug 20, 2018


Should Rivers Have Rights? A Growing Movement Says It’s About Time

"... other countries where a small but growing number of courts and legislatures have begun bestowing legal rights upon rivers. Three countries — New Zealand, Colombia, and India — have all taken such steps over the past two years, though the practical ramifications of these declarations remain unclear ... we have come to this point because the traditional Western view of rivers — and of nature generally — has failed us. Western legal systems and governments traditionally viewed water and water rights as property, leading to overuse and contamination. ... corporations are granted the same rights as people while the living ecosystems upon which we depend for survival are not. "

YaleEnvironment360 Aug 14, 2018


Baltimore City Council Votes to Ban Water Privatization

FoodandWaterWatch.org Aug 6, 2018

 
"...it would be better for the citizens of Hingham (MA) to own our water company ourselves."

Hingham.WickedLocal.com Jul 30, 2018


Water-Utility Bids Raise Concerns About Control of CT's Water Resources

Hartford Business.com May 7, 2018

Invest in Water Before It's Too Late: Stocks in Focus.

Zacks Equity Research Sep 29, 2017

Climate Change Spurs Growing Investment In Water Stocks

Forbes Apr 5, 2016

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River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure, Public Supply  >

Sep 12, 2018

San Jose Water Acquiring Connecticut Water Company
Hearing Dates: September 27, 28, October 1

(PURA's formal document publication system can be viewed at: Docket Number 18-07-10: Application of SJW Group and Connecticut Water Service, Inc. for Approval of Change of Control.)

In the past year, there has been rising interest in issues of ownership of water resources. The acquisition of Aquarion by Eversource raised questions related to the extension of private ownership of public waters and what sort of entity is an appropriate owner of a water supplier. The proposed acquisition of CT Water Company by San Jose Water for for $1.67 billion obviously raises similar questions and more. Incidentally, Eversource has also been a player in this game, having recently made an effort to acquire CT Water Company to go along with its control of Aquarion.
 
It is probably wise for the public to raise its voice early. (There were almost no public comments on the Eversource-Aquarion takeover). Our main concern is that there is no clear vision of where the state intends to go with water supply policy (see The Big Picture on this page). What kind of system do we want? See below for how to submit comment. 

PURA's formal document publication system can be viewed at: Docket Number 18-07-10: Application of SJW Group and Connecticut Water Service, Inc. for Approval of Change of Control. And here is the press release from CT Water Company.

There were hearings on this acquisition on August 15 and September 5 that were more for procedural matters than substantive issues. A hearing Sep 11 was for Eversource. The public hearings at which there should be more detailed testimony relating to the public benefit of an acquisition will be after the Authority issues and receives responses to the interrogatories and data requests. We have found that those responses to interrogatories are often rich with data about the the companies involved, summarizing information not readily available to the public elsewhere. For example, there is a listing in the Docket titled "Interrogs from <Posted In Error> EN to CT Water Service, Inc.;SJW Group 1 thru 20-Issued 08/16/2018 [18-07-10]"  that lists 28 questions to the companies such as:

EN-5 (ENFORCEMENT)  Provide a summary of all formal and informal enforcement actions (e.g., orders, consent orders, civil penalties and violation letters) issued to The Connecticut Water companies by the DPH and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) in the past five years.  Provide a summary of the status of Connecticut Water companies compliance with such actions, including an explanation as to how Connecticut Water companies or SJW will resolve any outstanding items."

We do not know if the "<Posted In Error>" means they don't have to be answered, or just that it was put in the wrong place. 

Always check the External Schedule (ES) of any Docket for changes in hearing dates (which are usually when comments from the public are due). The webpage for the External Schedule for this Docket is here, but always open the link at the bottom of the page to see the "official" PDF-version of the schedule. That official schedule is here.

How to Comment:

PURA and CT DEEP staff assure us that the electronic system CAN be used, but also that the public can also simply send comments by email to PURA.ExecutiveSecretary@ct.gov. The advantage of the electronic system is that your comments show up in the docket faster. 

If you choose to send an email, be sure the docket number is in the subject line and in the body of the email. If you attach your comments as a file, it's not a bad idea to summarize them in the body of the email too. It is also useful to put your name, affiliations, town of residence in both the body of the email and in your comments. We also suggest that if you create a PDF of your comments, please make it searchable. You can check this by trying to highlight some words, then copy, then paste them somewhere else. If you cannot copy words from your pdf comment, your content may not get picked up by search engines. 

Here is PURA's statement about submitting comments (from  a document different from the ones about the hearings):

"...PURA encourages electronic submission of all filings through the Web Filing Account Management System at http://www.ct.gov/pura/.  Persons filing electronically or wishing to be listed as a contact must create an account through the Authority’s website under Docket Services (Make a Web Filing). 

Once registered, you may proceed to the Docket Database Web Filing System to log on and submit your filing.  The date and time of filing shall be the date and time the Authority first receives a complete electronic version ... and the required number of paper copies.  Unless otherwise specified, filings are due by 4:00 p.m. on or before any required date.  If a complete electronic version of the filing is submitted through the Authority's Web Filing System, only one paper version of the filing is generally required. " 

For document filing assistance, please contact the PURA Executive Secretary
at 860-827-1553 or PURA.ExecutiveSecretary@ct.gov.

Or contact Rivers Alliance at rivers@riversalliance.org or 860-361-9349 for help submitting comments or for us to submit them for you. 


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June 1, 2018

Eversource and Connecticut Water Company

To the Editor:  The article by Stephen  Singer on Eversource and CT Water is important (“With New Solicitation Offer By Connecticut Water, Eversource May Interrupt Merger,” May 31, 2018).  As an advocate for protection of the state natural water resources, I was shocked by the little publicized and little examined acquisition of Aquarion by Eversource last year.   People in the western part of the state are just beginning to wake up the fact that there is now a single, privately owned utility controlling both their power and water.  Who decided this was a good idea?  Eversource has obvious conflicts of interest as water steward.  It sells and works with power plants that need cooling water; it benefits from hydro dams; and its reputation as a land steward has crashed in recent years, for example, witness the aggressive cutting and paving associated with the their transmission rights of way all across the state.  Is this the corporation we want owning thousands of acres of reservoir lands?   Now Eversource wants to extend its control of water and watershed land with the acquisition of Connecticut Water Company.  Eversource cries poor in its rate cases, but it seems to have plenty of money to buy up water companies.  The recent dramatic changes in control of water need serious attention.  Stay on the story, Courant.

Margaret Miner, 
Executive Director, 
Rivers Alliance of Connecticut

Some links to more information:

Connecticut Water Company and SJW Group merger application is PURA Docket 18-05-03 (click here). Additional hearings are scheduled for Jun 18, 19 and 20).

Eversource has a separate website to promote it's bid for Connecticut Water Company. 


2017


River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure >

Dec 22, 2017

Nestle Water

Nestle has been warned by the California Water Board that it appears to be taking millions of gallons of water illegally out of the San Bernardino National Forest. Last year, it took 32 million gallons when, evidently, it only had a legal right to take about 8.5.million gallons. This has been going on for years. In a bone-dry state, Nestle is draining a national forest so that it can boast that its Arrowhead brand is natural spring water. Good, potable water does not have to be natural spring water. How can Nestle have a "right" to destroy vegetation , wildlife, and potential public water supply in an American national forest? What is the public benefit? Water law in the USA is a mess. Let's start fixing it.

See also a report from Bloomberg Business Week


River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure >

Oct. 27, 2017

Eversource - Aquarion Merger Approved by PURA

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has approved the acquisition of Aquarion water company by Eversource. To read PURA's final decision, click here. For background, see the article below


River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure

Oct 13, 2017

Water Utility Secrecy Still Extreme

Public Still Denied Right to Know How Much Water Is Held Where

Public Act 17-211, AAC Access to Water Planning Information, appeared to restore to the public most of their traditional rights to access information about their water utilities’ use of public water.  In 2003, water utilities and the Department of Public Health pushed through draconian security laws.  In these years, following the attacks of September 11, 2001, security was sweeping but little analyzed for effectiveness.  Reservoirs were blurred out on state maps (but not Google Earth), locations of water mains were secret until pipe ruptures and mini-floods made the locations all too obvious; the size and depth of reservoirs were blacked out in utility documents but still available in fishing guides, and so forth.  As the law was interpreted from 2003 to 2017, no member of the public could be privy to a utility’s available water or margins of safety for its various sources. 

Public Act 17-211, the product of two years’ negotiation, was supposed to restore common sense to security provisions.  Under this new law, lots of material can still be kept secret but the basic data essential to water planning and management was assumed to be freed up.  Apparently not.  As of this writing, the Department of Public Health (DPH) is continuing to withhold vital data in the water supply plan of the Metropolitan District Commission (the Hartford-region water utility).  Valerie Rossetti of Save Our Water (based in Bloomfield), who years ago requested to see this plan, reports that maps have been removed along with all descriptions of safe-yield calculations and other relevant information.  At the Water Planning Council’s meeting on October 5, DPH member Lori Mathieu announced that she had received legal advice that all redactions approved in the past by the Freedom of Information Commission under the old law were still in effect.  Most of these requests under the old law were filed by Rivers Alliance and the results were heavily redacted, largely useless documents.        

The advocates for transparency in utility operations accepted a number of painful compromises in the 2017 law in exchange for pledges of reasonable access to information needed for understanding the operations of one’s utility.  The viability and credibility of the Draft State Water Plan hinges on such access.  Rivers Alliance will continue to pursue this cause.

Link to example of redacted document in Rivers Alliance's bill testimony. 

Link to CT General Assembly webpage documenting legislative action on Public Act 17-211


River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure

Sep 22, 2017

Eversource - Aquarion Merger Now Under Consideration at PURA 

Public comments were closed Sep 22. Rivers Alliance requested more time for public information and input.

Eversource energy company announced on June 3 that it is buying Aquarion water company from Macquarie Bank of Australia for $1.675 billion. Eversource (formerly named Northeast Utilities) supplies power regionally, including to most of Connecticut. Aquarion (formerly Kelda, formerly Bridgeport Hydraulic) is the largest private water company in the region and dominates supply in western Connecticut. Residents in that area will now be served by a single private utility for power and water. Some of Eversource's recent practices have not been friendly to the environment, including the extensive clear-cutting it is doing in its transmission rights of way. Approval of the merger is in the hands of utility regulators.  Click here for a map of Aquarion's existing and claimed service areas in Connecticut.

All docket documents can be found here, including comments from Rivers Alliance

If you would like to stay involved, our email is rivers@riversalliance.org  tel. is 860-361-9349. 

Excerpts from a message sent by Rivers Alliance to members:

Is this good for the waters of Connecticut?  Is it good for customers?  This is a unique utility structure in Connecticut.  There has been virtually no public discussion. Below are some things to consider.

The power provider Eversource is buying the water utility Aquarion for $1.7 billion from Macquarie Bank of Australia.   Aquarion possesses or has claimed exclusive service areas throughout the state but primarily in western Connecticut, from Bridgeport up to Morris, Goshen, and beyond.  Residents who now get their electricity via Eversource and their water from Aquarion will be served by a very large, single, privately owned utility.  This is a new utility structure for Connecticut. 
 
It is difficult to say whether the proposed acquisition is good or bad because it has been essentially undebated.  A docket on the acquisition has been open at PURA for many weeks.  But few state officials or citizens have been aware of the issue or process. Utilities have asked that significant filings of information be withheld from the public.   Major questions have been left unanswered. For example:

Is it our state policy to encourage large combined utilities?  Does it matter if they are public or private?  Should the regulatory structure for water and power be made the same?  In a merger of two different types of utilities, how will corporate goals be determined?  In areas where the interests of power and water providers intersect and sometimes conflict, who will be the decider?   Such areas include: water supply for cooling power plants; power or fuel lines over or in state-protected drinking water lands (these protections have been under attack in recent years); hydropower impoundments that limit wellfield potential downstream; and more.  
 
Under a recently revived state law, any new venture requiring public water (e.g., a restaurant, school, senior center, subdivision) must first be reviewed and approved by a regional Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC). In the western Connecticut WUCC, Aquarion is the dominant member.  So, will there be one-stop shopping for new ventures?  Or a less coordinated system?  What’s best?  … 
 
We are  worried by the dearth of analysis, information, and education available to the public on this consequential utility acquisition.  We urge that citizens and officials be given more time to consider the salient questions, especially those involving different supply interests (water supply and electricity supply) under a single corporate owner.  Is laissez-faire the right approach?  Should it be laissez-fair forever?  Should there ever be an opportunity for reconsideration? Rivers Alliance wants to see state waters strongly protected. 

Most of the substantive material in the docket were in the form of answers from the companies to "Interrogatories", which are sets of questions from PURA, DEEP's Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy, and the Office Of Consumer Counsel.

When asked to describe how the merger will promote conservation, energy efficiency and sustainability, Eversource replied "The Eversource energy efficiency programs have been effective and have achieved success in all of these areas, including water efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, sustainability, environmental stewardship and climate change" and "Eversource will work closely with Aquarion to assess current energy efficiency measures in place at Aquarion and identify other potential opportunities."

Question: "How will Eversource utilize its knowledge and experience to bring conservation and efficiency to infrastructure upgrades?" Extract from their answer: "...the Company has deployed numerous strategies including financial incentives to reduce demands, seeking load-shedding strategies amongst large users, rebate programs, among other measures." "With the advent of water conservation legislation in 2013, barriers to conservation in the water sector have been eliminated and Aquarion will look to leverage Eversource’s experiences in energy conservation to put forth similarly effective programs for its water utility." 

Question: "Describe how the acquisition will benefit Aquarion in critical response activities, such as preparing for and responding to catastrophic storms or droughts".  Extract from their answer: "The level of preparedness and event-management capability that can be added to Aquarion’s own resources and expertise is substantial and will represent an important benefit of the transaction.  Aquarion will be positioned to leverage the resources and expertise that Eversource has in dealing with larger-scale emergencies to maintain and enhance Aquarion’s own critical-response activities."

Here are links to some other interesting docket items: 

Time Schedule for Docket No. 17-06-30 and the Close of Hearing announcement, do not actually refer to a closing date for public comments. Thank you PURA staff for clarifying it was Friday Sep 22. Only one public comment was listed in the docket as of Sep 19, two hours before the usual 4:00pm deadline there were 4 more.

Aquarion Water Company of CT Systems Served lists 70 systems, their water production and consumption for the past two years lists 68 systems.

We will let you know if PURA extends the comment period.


River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure

Sep 19, 2017

From a Sep 19 email to our members:
Eversource power is buying Aquarion water company.

Is this good for the waters of Connecticut?  Is it good for customers?  This is an unique utility structure in Connecticut.  There has been virtually no public discussion.
 
There is a docket open at PURA (Public Utility Regulatory Authority) number 17-06-30.  The deadline for comment is this Friday, September 22, 2017.  Few citizens or elected officials have commented so far. 
 
Below are some things to consider. It’s long.  Sorry.  Below that, are our instructions on how to file a comment. PURA's instructions are here.  Please use at will and/or contact us with questions or help.  We will hand deliver comments if need be. 

Our email is rivers@riversalliance.org  tel. is 860-361-9349. PURA, also, has offered to be helpful.  Best contact is Tyra.Peluso@ct.gov
 

Considerations:

The power provider Eversource is buying the water utility Aquarion for $1.7 billion from Macquarie Bank of Australia.   Aquarion possesses or has claimed exclusive service areas throughout the state but primarily in western Connecticut, from Bridgeport up to Morris, Goshen, and beyond.  Residents who now get their electricity via Eversource and their water from Aquarion will be served by a very large, single, privately owned utility.  This is a new utility structure for Connecticut. 
 
It is difficult to say whether the proposed acquisition is good or bad because it has been essentially undebated.  A docket on the acquisition has been open at PURA for many weeks.  But few state officials or citizens have been aware of the issue or process. Utilities have asked that significant filings of information be withheld from the public.   Major questions have been left unanswered. For example:

Is it our state policy to encourage large combined utilities?  Does it matter if they are public or private?  Should the regulatory structure for water and power be made the same?  In a merger of two different types of utilities, how will corporate goals be determined?  In areas where the interests of power and water providers intersect and sometimes conflict, who will be the decider?   Such areas include: water supply for cooling power plants; power or fuel lines over or in state-protected drinking water lands (these protections have been under attack in recent years); hydropower impoundments that limit wellfield potential downstream; and more.  
 
Under a recently revived state law, any new venture requiring public water (e.g., a restaurant, school, senior center, subdivision) must first be reviewed and approved by a regional Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC). In the western Connecticut WUCC, Aquarion is the dominant member.  So, will there be one-stop shopping for new ventures?  Or a less coordinated system?  What’s best?  … 
 
We are  worried by the dearth of analysis, information, and education available to the public on this consequential utility acquisition.  We urge that citizens and officials be given more time to consider the salient questions, especially those involving different supply interests (water supply and electricity supply) under a single corporate owner.  Is laissez-faire the right approach?  Should it be laissez-fair forever?  Should there ever be an opportunity for reconsideration? Rivers Alliance wants to see state waters strongly protected. 

How to Comment at PURA on docket number 17-06-30.

You have to register on their website, and comments have to be have to be in a Word or PDF document that you have prepared ahead of time. If you have used their system before, you can skip to step 2.

  1. Here is a link to the Web Filing main page that describes how to register with PURA.  If you go there, choose the link you will see under "Step 2" to create a new account. You will get an email to complete the registration process.
     
  2. Once you are registered with PURA, you can log in here
     
  3. After registering and logging in, try this link to go directly to the form to fill in to submit correspondence regarding this docket, skipping a couple steps described below. This link may not work on all web browsers though. If it does work, skip to our Submission Page Instructions (step 5) below.
     
  4. If the link above (step 3) does not work for you, go to the general docket submission webpage.  On that page, you have to fill in the docket number 17-06-30 and make sure the title “JOINT APPLICATION OF EVERSOURCE ENERGY AND MACQUARIE UTILITIES INC. FOR APPROVAL OF A CHANGE OF CONTROL” shows up automatically in the title field. Then choose “Correspondence” from the “Choose Type of Filing” drop-down list. An alert box should pop up that asks “Would you like to create a new Correspondence for Docket 17-06-30?” Click “OK.”  If that box does not show up, you may have disable your pop-up blocker for that website, then try again.
     
  5. Submission Page Instructions: On the submission page, your identification information should be pre-filled in. On this page, be sure to put a brief summary of your comments in the text box labeled “Description” because it may help future searches. At the bottom of the page is an upload button to submit your pre-written MS Word or PDF document. 
     
  6. Did it work? Check the list of documents on the PURA docket website. This list is arranged alphabetically, so your "Correspondence" should be near the beginning of the list. Comments typically show up later in the day they were posted, but if you submitted it late in an afternoon, they may not be able to process it until the next business day. 

Need help? Feel free to contact Rivers Alliance: rivers@riversalliance.org, 860-361-9349. PURA, also, has offered to be helpful.  Best contact is Tyra.Peluso@ct.gov


2016

River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure

Lost Water in Middletown

On October 26, one million gallons of drinking water spilled in about one hour from a burst water main in Middletown off Silvermine Road near the Connecticut Juvenile Training Center and the Connecticut Valley Hospital. The 24-inch pipe conveys water from reserve tanks of the Roth Water Treatment Plant (processing water from the Roth Wellfield) for wide distribution as part of a wide distribution system. The pre-dawn water main break forced the cutoff of water for Middlesex Hospital, service area schools, residences, and businesses. The leak was plugged before the end of the day, but water quality was affected for several days. As of November 9, the only relatively authoritative explanation, offered by Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew, was that during a power outage the previous week, valves closed suddenly, putting pressure on a segment of the main, which cracked and eventually broke during a morning high-demand time. Numerous questions remain, including why the system did not have the resiliency to deal with a relatively minor power outage.

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