A N A C T
RELATING TO PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SUPPLY
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 46-13-18 of the General Laws in Chapter 46-13 entitled "Public Drinking Water Supply" is hereby amended to read as follows:
46-13-18. Adoption of regulations - (A) The director is hereby authorized to adopt regulations consistent with the provisions of this chapter, the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, 42 U.S.C. section 300f et seq., and the federal regulations adopted thereunder. All new and existing public water supply systems subject to the provisions of this chapter must comply with the provisions hereof and with all the regulations adopted hereunder, in order to obtain and/or maintain approval by the director as a public water supply system. The director is further authorized to establish by regulation a schedule of fees for applications, approvals, and renewals required by this chapter.
(B)(1)Any community water system serving a population of 10,000 or more shall directly deliver a full copy of the Consumer Confidence Report, which is required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, 42 U.S.C. section 300f et seq., to each hoousehold within the water system's service area that receives water from that system. The method of delivery shall be determined by the water system but can include delivery via either: (a) postal patron mailing; or (b) a community newsletter that is directly delivered to each household;; or (c) a community calendar that is directly delivered to each household or (d) any other method that will directly reach each household within the water system's service area that receives water from that system. In the event that within the service area there are buildings with 5 or more residential units, the system will not be required to deliver directly to each of these units. Instead, the water system shall mail multiple copies of the report to building manager or other appropriate individual, noting that the reports should be distributed to residents and/or posted in a common area. Additionally, colleges and universities will be exempted from this requriement but are still responsible for meeting all federal requirements.
(2) The Department of Health shall serve as the repository for all Consumer Confidence Reports and shall direct inquireis for copies of the report to the appropriate water system in order to obtain a copy of the report.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on January 1, 2001.