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Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Requires all water main-related appurtenances, including fire hydrants and valves, to be included in the Environmental Protection Agency's written approval of a proposed water main installation project.

Sponsor: Donald P. DeWitte

Bill Status SB48

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: This is a companion bill to HB164 and IRWA will stand neutral on it as well.

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Public Utilities Act. In provisions concerning procedures for a large public utility to acquire a water or sewer utility, provides that if the water or sewer utility being acquired is owned by the State or a political subdivision of the State, a referendum will be required to approve the acquisition of the water or sewer utility by the large public utility (rather than only requiring a public meeting and publication of the terms of acquisition in a newspaper of general circulation in the area that the water or sewer utility operates). Effective immediately.

Sponsor: John Connor

Bill Status SB164

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take: This is a companion bill to HB3766 and IRWA will be in support of it as well.

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Public Utilities Act. In provisions concerning valuation of water and sewer utilities, provides that to be included within the definition of "large public utility" an investor-owned public utility must regularly provide water or sewer service to more than 15,000 customer connections (rather than 30,000 customer connections).

Sponsor: Michael E. Hastings

Bill Status SB515

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: This is a companion bill to 3885 and IRWA will stand neutral on this as well.

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that within 180 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Pollution Control Board shall adopt amendments to the rules adopted under specified provisions to require groundwater monitoring at all clean construction or demolition debris fill operations and all uncontaminated soil fill operations. Provides that the groundwater monitoring requirements adopted under specified provisions shall be designed to detect and prevent any exceedance of the Board's Class I groundwater quality standards and meet specified requirements. Provides that groundwater monitoring shall be required for all clean construction or demolition debris fill operations and all uncontaminated soil fill operations unless, before the effective date of the amendatory Act, the owner or operator has completed post-closure maintenance and, for clean construction or demolition debris fill operations, received specified notice from the Environmental Protection Agency, or, for uncontaminated soil fill operations, submitted specified information to the Agency. Effective immediately. .

Sponsor: John Connor

Bill Status SB546

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: At this time, IRWA will be taking a neutral position.

Synopsis As Introduced: Creates the Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act. Creates the Lead Service Line Replacement Fund to be used to finance and administer programs and activities specified under the Act. Makes a conforming change in the State Finance Act. Requires the Environmental Protection Agency to establish procedures for the collection of a specified lead in drinking water protection fee to be collected by all community water supplies. Requires the owner or operator of each community water supply to perform specified activities. Creates the Lead Service Line Replacement Advisory Board within the Agency to perform specified duties. Contains other provisions. Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to establish a comprehensive low-income water assistance policy and program with specified requirements. Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that the Illinois Commerce Commission may allow or direct a water utility to establish a customer assistance program that provides financial relief to residential customers who qualify for income-related assistance. Makes other changes. Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Requires specified entities to provide to the Environmental Protection Agency by December 31, 2023, and again by December 31, 2025, specified information as it relates to the cost of providing water service. Provides that the Agency shall publish the information on the Agency's website. Provides that the Agency may adopt rules setting forth the general requirements for submittal of the information. Repeals the provisions regarding the information on January 1, 2026. Repeals a Section regarding lead in drinking water notifications and inventories.

Sponsor: Melinda Bush

Bill Status SB556

IRWA Position: Oppose

IRWA Quick Take: This a companion bill to HB3739 and IRWA will be opposing this bill again this session.

 

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that within 180 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Pollution Control Board shall adopt amendments to the rules adopted under specified provisions to require groundwater monitoring at all clean construction or demolition debris fill operations and all uncontaminated soil fill operations. Provides that the groundwater monitoring requirements adopted under specified provisions shall be designed to detect and prevent any exceedance of the Board's Class I groundwater quality standards and meet specified requirements. Provides that groundwater monitoring shall be required for all clean construction or demolition debris fill operations and all uncontaminated soil fill operations unless, before the effective date of the amendatory Act, the owner or operator has completed post-closure maintenance and, for clean construction or demolition debris fill operations, received specified notice from the Environmental Protection Agency, or, for uncontaminated soil fill operations, submitted specified information to the Agency. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: Laura Ellman

Bill Status SB565

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: At this time, IRWA will be taking a neutral position.


Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that within 180 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Pollution Control Board shall adopt amendments to the rules adopted under specified provisions to require groundwater monitoring at all clean construction or demolition debris fill operations and all uncontaminated soil fill operations. Provides that the groundwater monitoring requirements adopted under specified provisions shall be designed to detect and prevent any exceedance of the Board's Class I groundwater quality standards and meet specified requirements. Provides that groundwater monitoring shall be required for all clean construction or demolition debris fill operations and all uncontaminated soil fill operations unless, before the effective date of the amendatory Act, the owner or operator has completed post-closure maintenance and, for clean construction or demolition debris fill operations, received specified notice from the Environmental Protection Agency, or, for uncontaminated soil fill operations, submitted specified information to the Agency. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: John Connor

Bill Status SB580

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: At this time, IRWA will be taking a neutral position.
Synopsis As Introduced: Creates the Water Shutoff Restoration Act. Provides that public water supply authorities must use their best efforts to restore full water service to occupied residences that are without water service due to nonpayment unless those occupied residences have improper cross-connections that would risk public safety. Provides that for occupied residences with improper cross-connections, public water supply authorities must use their best efforts to rectify the cross-connection and restore full water service. Provides that public water supply authorities must identify occupied residences without full water service within their service areas and report their findings to the Illinois Commerce Commission within 8 weeks after the effective date of this Act and every month thereafter. Provides that these reports must detail what efforts have been made to provide full water service to occupied residence that still do not have full water service. Provides that the Act is repealed on January 1, 2023. Effective immediately

Sponsor: Omar Aquino

Bill Status SB1645

IRWA Position: Oppose

IRWA Quick Take: The intent of this bill is to ensure nonpayment alone is not an appropriate justification for terminating water services during a pandemic.  Although IRWA is understanding of its intent, this bill would need amendments before IRWA could move to a neutral or supportive position.
Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Mobile Home Landlord and Tenant Rights Act. Provides that if exigent circumstances arise, the park owner is responsible for providing a water supply to each household following a 5-day period of no water.

Sponsor: Laura M. Murphy

Bill Status SB1780

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: IRWA will stand neutral on this bill.
Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act. Extends the repeal date of the Water Well and Pump Installation Contractor's License Act from January 1, 2022 to January 1, 2032. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: Rachelle Crowe

Bill Status SB1921

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take: This is a companion bill to HB2543 and IRWA will support it as well.

Synopsis As Introduced: Creates the Regional Water Commission Division of the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that Municipalities may enter into joint efforts to acquire, develop, and operate a joint water supply, joint water works, or both, through intergovernmental cooperation in a regional water commission. Includes findings of the General Assembly.

Sponsor: John Connor

Bill Status SB2368

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: This is a companion bill to HB1863 and IRWA will take a neutral stance until additional information is obtained.

 

 

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the Cook County Water Infrastructure Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. Provides that, subject to appropriation, moneys in the Fund shall be used by the Environmental Protection Agency to make grants to municipalities to fund infrastructure improvements to facilitate water supplies from Lake Michigan for residents of Cook County. Provides that, in making grants from the Cook County Water Infrastructure Fund, the Agency must prioritize water infrastructure projects in non-supplying municipalities in Cook County over water infrastructure projects in supplying municipalities in Cook County. Defines terms. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: Napoleon Harris, III

Bill Status SB2421

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: This bill would create a Cook County Water Infrastructure Fund within the State Treasury.  As long as funds are not diverted from “down-state” projects, IRWA will take a neutral position.

 

 

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Illinois Groundwater Protection Act. Creates the Mahomet Aquifer Council. Provides that 9 public members shall be appointed to the Council by the Governor, including 3 persons representing a nonprofit consortium dedicated to the sustainability of the Mahomet Aquifer, 5 persons representing local government bodies located over the Mahomet Aquifer, and one person from the University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute. Provides that the chairperson's term shall be for one year, and a Council member's term shall be for 3 years. Allows reimbursement to members for ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, except that such reimbursement shall be limited to expenses associated with no more than 4 meetings per calendar year. Requires the Agency to provide the Council with such supporting services as are reasonable for the performance of the Council's duties. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: Chapin Rose

Bill Status SB2515

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take: This legislation will help protect the source of water for 100,000s of people and IRWA is in support of this legislation at this time.

 

 


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