Regulations proposed by the state Department of Environmental Protection to help protect aquatic wildlife living in the state’s streams would cost water customers millions of dollars, writes Larry L Bingaman of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority.
Water utilities around the state, such as the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, would be forced to increase rates to cover the cost of dam modifications, equipment and daily monitoring of streams, some of which dry up at various times of the year.
Larry L. Bingaman is president and chief executive officer of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, 90 Sargent Drive, New Haven 06511.
The editors at the Waterbury Republican-American chime in on the issue too:
Should the regulations take effect, the cost of drilling wells will rise steeply. Meanwhile, the ability of municipalities and water companies to fulfill their obligations to their customers, and farmers’ access to the water they need for crops and livestock, will be compromised. And to what end?