Committee on Water

This agenda is subject to change.

Monday, November 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Key 9
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Getting to Unleaded: Challenges and Solutions in Facilitating the Removal of Lead Service Lines

The identification, removal and replacement of lead service lines is among the most pressing public health priorities. The nature of who constructs, owns, and controls different portions of a service line pose challenging operational, legal, and ratemaking policy obstacles to line removal and replacement. Adding to the challenge is that many service lines have a bifurcated ownership between the water purveyor and the customer. In this circumstance the water utility and customer are often responsible for ownership and maintenance of portions of the same pipes that may contain the lead causing health concerns. This panel of experienced practitioners will share their perspectives on the nature and scope of the operational, legal, and ratemaking obstacles to efficient removal and replacement of lead service lines. Attendees will learn about potential solutions to these legal, operational, and regulatory policy problems. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s March 2017 decision in Petition of York Water Company, the first time a State public utility commission attempted to address and overcome obstacles to facilitate an accelerated lead service line replacement program, will be discussed. Attendees will learn if the PA PUC succeeded and if this approach will work for other States regulating or overseeing water purveyors.

Moderator:  Hon. Mary-Anna Holden, New Jersey

Panelists:

Stephen Genzer, Partner, Saul Ewing, LLP

Jay L. Kooper, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Middlesex Water Company

Howard J. Woods, Jr., General Manager, Howard J. Woods & Associates, LLC

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Business Meeting

Items of Business of the Water Committee will be covered including discussion and action on Resolutions and approval of the minutes from the Summer Policy Summit. Additionally, updates from the various partners of the Water Committee will be given, including NAWC, NARUC, and NARUC's Rate School. Members of the Committee will also have time to brief the Committee on activities of interest in their State.