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Water Infrastructure Finance Commission Announces Public Hearings

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The Massachusetts Water Infrastructure Finance Commission Announces Four Public Hearings

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 10, 10 am

Cape Cod Community College, Tilden Arts Center Main Theater, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, MA  02668

 

Monday, November 15, AM

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress Street, Springfield, MA  01104-3419

 

 

 

In recent months, the front pages have covered stories that highlighted the importance of public investment in water infrastructure across the Commonwealth. 

 

The public is aware that burst or leaking pipes, water contamination, inadequate treatment, and flood waters can be major inconveniences and sometimes, can lead to tragic outcomes.

 

The Water Infrastructure Finance Commission was established by Act of the Legislature pursuant to Section 145 of Chapter 27 of the Acts of 2009.  The Commission is charged with developing a comprehensive, long range water infrastructure finance plan for the commonwealth and its municipalities.  Governor Patrick appointed Senator Jamie Eldridge to be chair of the eighteen member Commission, and Representative Carolyn Dykema is the House appointee.

 

The Commission will hold a series of hearings across the state, and invites local municipal officials, water department and water district officials, groups and agencies interested in water policy, environmental and consumer protection groups, professionals in the fields of water supply engineering and pricing, and other interested members of the public to attend.

 

The Commission invites written and brief oral testimony on the following:

  • Issues in identifying and understanding the water, waste water, and storm water infrastructure needs of the Commonwealth;
  • Issues with the current and potential capacity to finance these needs;
  • Recommendations on ways to meet operation, maintenance, and capital needs of municipal water systems in the Commonwealth;
  • Recommendations on potential changes in local, state, and federal approaches to water infrastructure financing;
  • Fair and equitable means of financing water infrastructure investments, including the role of fees, rates, taxes, loans, grants, and other financial vehicles;
  • The technical and financial feasibility of sustaining public water systems, conservation and efficiency programs, wastewater systems and storm water systems of municipalities and the commonwealth;
  • Potential for cost savings through consolidation, coordination, reorganization, or regionalization;
  • Potential for cost savings through innovations in water technology
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Questions can be directed to:   Brendan Jarboe, Office of Senator Eldridge,  Brendan.Jarboe@state.ma.us   or 617-722-1120


 

Hearings already held:  Wednesday, October 13, 10 am, State House, Boston, MA 02133

Wednesday, October 20, 10 am, Forbes Municipal Building, Westborough, MA  01581

 

 
 
 
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