AN ACT PROVIDING THAT CITIES SHALL NOT ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WITH PUBLIC WATER OR SEWER SYSTEMS THAT CONDITION THE PROVISION OR EXTENSION OF WATER OR SEWER SERVICES UPON THE ANNEXATION OF THE AREA TO BE SERVED BY THE CITY OR WATER AND SEWER SERVICE SYSTEM AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY TO DEVELOP INFORMATION FOR PRIVATE DRINKING WATER WELL OWNERS TRANSITIONING TO PUBLIC WATER SUPPLIES.
House committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes. Deletes the proposed changes to GS 160A-58.24 (content of contracts for water or sewer service) that prohibited agreements between cities and public water/sewer systems that condition provision or extension of water and/or sewer services upon annexation of the area to be served by the city or the public water/sewer districts. Further amends GS 160A-464 (Interlocal cooperation agreements), which prohibits interlocal undertakings by cities and public water/sewer districts that condition the provision or extension of water and/or sewer services on the annexation of the area to be served by the city or the public water/sewer district. Adds that this limitation does not affect the authority of an individual city or an individual public water or sewer system to require annexation for the provision of water or sewer service but only prohibits agreements between a city and public water system for the specified purpose. Appropriates $5,000 for 2021-22 from the General Fund to the Public Water Supply Section of the Division of Water Resources of the Department of Environmental Quality to establish information resources for individuals transitioning from use of private drinking water wells due to connection to public water supplies, including procedures for abandonment of a private drinking water well. Changes the effective date of the act to March 1, 2021 (was, January 1, 2021). Amends the act's long title.
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