The Department of Public Health is seeking public comment to determine how to adjust fees it uses to enforce the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

DPH has implemented these fees, known as the Safe Drinking Water Primacy Assessment, to offset a decrease in federal grant funding.

The funds are also used for salaries of employees in the department's Drinking Water Section.

DPH published a legal notice Jan. 10 seeking input on the fee adjustments, which apply to various types of water systems.

They include nontransient noncommunity public water systems, which encompass businesses of all sizes.

The primary assessment was implemented for the first time in 2018.

Public Comment Period

Nontransient noncommunity public water systems were assessed at an annual flat fee of $125.

But due to the uncertainty of federal grant funds, the fee is expected to fluctuate.

DPH's proposed language recommends the fee remain the same this year for nontransient noncommunity public water systems.

While CBIA does not support additional assessments on businesses, we understand that fee consistency and predictability is essential for companies and their operations.

The public comment period is open until Feb. 9.

Comments may be emailed or mailed to: DPH Drinking Water Section, 410 Capitol Avenue, MS#12DWS, Hartford, CT 06134.

For  more information, contact CBIA's Michelle Rakebrand (860.244.1921) | @MRakebrand