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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Circular Letter 2018-29 - Prompt Electronic Reporting and Transition to the Compliance Monitoring Data Portal

The Department of Public Health Drinking Water Section (DWS) is requesting that public water systems and Certified Laboratories report various acute parameters within 24 hours of validated data.  As part of this initiative we are completing the transition to the Compliance Monitoring Data Portal (CMDP).  The DWS is setting a transition deadline of February 1, 2019 and the current EDI reporting format and protocols will be discontinued. 

Please refer to Circular Letter 2018-29 for more information or contact Christopher Roy or Robert Baran at (860) 509-7333.


Monday, December 3, 2018

Circular Letter 2018-28 - PFAS UPDATE GenX and PFBS

Circular Letter 2018-28 was sent to all Public Water Systems, Chief Elected Official, Certified Operators and Local Health Directors with updates from the EPA. Two draft toxicity assessments have been released for public comment under docket number EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0614 and is available for comment at regulations.gov until January 19, 2019 (60 days after posting). There has also been an update to EPA Method 537.1 (Drinking Water Analytical Method for PFAS) to include testing for four additional PFAS chemicals; finally the Master List of PFAS R&D (by chemical) has been updated to reflect the addition of several PFAS to the Drinking Water Treatability Database.


Friday, November 16, 2018

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Amendment #1 to the SFY 2019 Intended Use Plan now Final

The DPH has amended the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program’s SFY 2019 Annual Intended Use Plan (IUP). To view the IUP documents go to the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund page and click on Call for Projects, Review and Ranking of Projects and scroll down to the section titled Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List.


Friday, November 16, 2018

Circular Letter 2018-27 was sent to all community water systems (CWS) serving less than 10,000 persons reminding them of the regulatory requirement to have back-up generator(s) installed no later than December 17,2018. The DPH offers subsidized loans for generator systems through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund’s (DWSRF) Emergency Power Generator Program (EPGP) if financial assistance is needed to comply with this requirement. A 12 month extension is being offered to CWS that need financing for their generator installation and submit a EPGP Eligibility Application to the Drinking Water Section no later than December 17, 2018.


Friday, November 2, 2018

Circular Letter 2018-27 was sent to all community water systems (CWS) serving less than 10,000 persons reminding them of the regulatory requirement to have back-up generator(s) installed no later than December 17,2018. The DPH offers subsidized loans for generator systems through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund’s (DWSRF) Emergency Power Generator Program (EPGP) if financial assistance is needed to comply with this requirement. A 12 month extension is being offered to CWS that need financing for their generator installation and submit a EPGP Eligibility Application to the Drinking Water Section no later than December 17, 2018.


Monday, October 22, 2018

Presentation - Resiliency, Public Health and Drinking Water, Yale University School of Architecture October 16, 2018 Lori J. Mathieu, Public Health Section Chief, Drinking Water Section


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

The Drinking Water Section has issued two Circular Letters to update public water systems on the most recent developments regarding Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances or PFAS. Circular Letter #2018-19 contains information for all public water systems regarding the State’s Drinking Water Action Level, monitoring requirements for proposed sources of public drinking water supply and resources available for public water systems.


Monday, October 1, 2018

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and the Department of Public Health’s Joint Report on Streamlining the Takeover Process

The Public Utility Regulatory Authority (Authority) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) Uointly, the Departments) are issuing this report in order to develop a more efficient process for the takeover of water companies pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stats. §§16-46 and 16-262n through 16-262q.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Draft Amendment #1 to the SFY 2019 Intended Use Plan

The Drinking Water Section is proposing to amend the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) State Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List. To view the IUP documents please visit the DWSRF webpage.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund SFY 2019 Intended Use Plan now Final

The Drinking Water Section has finalized the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program (DWSRF) State Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List. These documents, along with the Hearing Report for the Public Hearing held on June 28, 2018, are now available on the DWSRF webpage.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

WebEOC for Community Water Systems

With hurricane season upon us and the threat of tropical storms building in the Atlantic, the Department wants to reinforce the importance for all Community Water Systems to ensure they can access WebEOC and be prepared to report their system status prior to, during and following an emergency event.

Please see DPH Circular Letter 2018-26 for more information regarding the DPH Statewide Drinking Water Status Controller Board for WebEOC and emergency preparedness for Community Water Systems.


Friday, August 3, 2018

CWS serving less than 10,000 people - Generator Requirements

The Department would like to remind community water systems (CWS) regarding the generator requirements under amendments made to Regulations of Connecticut Agencies § 19-13-B102 in December 2015.

The Generator Regulations require all CWSs (not regulated by the PURA) to have and maintain generators or Department-approved alternative sources of backup power capable of providing sufficient power to supply the power demands of the CWS at each of the CWS’s facility locations.

By December 23, 2018, CWS serving less than 10,000 people are required to have installed and maintained a generator or Department-approved alternative source of backup power.

Please refer to Circular Letter 2018-23 for more information or contact Michael Hage at (860) 509-7333 or michael.hage@ct.gov.


Friday, July 27, 2018

Public Act 18-168 - New Asset and Fiscal Management Plan Requirements, Hydropneumatic Tank Requirement, Civil Penalties Revision

The Department would like to make all community public water systems aware of new, upcoming requirements regarding asset and fiscal management plans, hydropneumatic tanks, and revisions to civil penalties as a result of Public Act 18-168.

  1. Asset and Fiscal Management (does not apply to small community water systems regulated by the PURA, are subject to CGS § 25-32d, or are a state agency.
    • Not later than January 1, 2021, each small community water systems (which regularly serves at least 25, but not more than 1,000, year round residents) shall prepare a fiscal and asset management plan of all of the system’s capital assets, to be updated annually;
    • Not later than May 2, 2019, each small community water systems shall complete, on a form developed by the Department, a fiscal and asset management plan assessment review of its hydropneumatic pressure tanks.  The form will be made available this Fall.
  2. Civil Penalties (Effective October 1, 2018)

    Subsections (a) to (e) of CGS §25-32e are repealed and substituted with provisions which relate to a water company violating any provision of section 25-32, 25-32d or any regulation adopted under §25-32d, or any provision of title 19 or 25 or any regulation promulgated pursuant to these titles that relate to purity and adequacy of water supplies.

Please refer to the Circular Letter #2018-21 for more details on these upcoming changes.  The Department is in the process of developing and updating guidance materials and training opportunities with regard to the implementation of the new provisions of these laws.  Please look for more information in forthcoming circular letters and future communications.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Emergency Notification Requirements

The DPH Drinking Water Section reminds Public Water Systems that should an event occur that requires notification to the DPH (per Sections 19-13-B46 and 19-13-B102 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies), they are to immediately call the Drinking Water Section (DWS) at (860) 509-7333 during normal business hours or (860) 509-8000 after hours.  The “8000 line” is not staffed by DWS staff after hours, so please be explicit and direct when relaying information, identifying an emergency situation and if an immediate response from DWS is needed.

Emails, voice mails without a discussion with a representative of DPH, faxes, written notices, etc. are not an acceptable substitute for direct phone contact.  These procedures are described in DWS Circular Letter 2018-18