Chapter 212
Enacted 07/10/2015

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Introduced By: Senators McCaffrey, Lynch, Ciccone, and Walaska
Date Introduced: March 03, 2015

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
     SECTION 1. Chapter 45-24.5 of the General Laws entitled "Waste Water Management
Districts" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
     45-24.5-6. Connections to existing sanitary sewer lines from facilities across city and
town lines. -- Notwithstanding any other state or local law or regulation to the contrary, those
facilities in the state of Rhode Island, except for communities on Aquidneck Island, that currently
discharge wastewater from an on-site wastewater treatment and disposal system that do not have
reasonable access to an available sewer within the city or town where the property is located, are
hereby authorized to construct, use, operate, maintain, and repair a sanitary sewer line (and any
necessary pump or lift station equipment) connecting to a neighboring city or town sanitary sewer
line in lieu of continuing to utilize their existing on-site wastewater treatment and disposal, upon
the following conditions:
     (1) The construction, use, operation, maintenance, and repair of such sanitary sewer line
shall be subject to the issuance of all required state approvals, permits, and licenses; and local
approvals, permits, and licenses to the extent such local approvals, permits and licenses are not
inconsistent with the foregoing authorization;
     (2) The neighboring city or town sanitary line is in closer proximity to the property than
the city or town sanitary line wherein the property is located;
     (3) The cost to connect to the in-city or in-town sanitary sewer line is significantly greater
than connection to the neighboring city or town sanitary sewer line closest to the subject property;
     (4) The neighboring city or town sanitary sewer line has capacity, as determined by the
host sewer authority to accept the additional flow; and
     (5) Not allowing the connection would result in a potential or continuing environmental
     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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