Drinking Water and Wastewater
Southeastern Connecticut is a state leader in regional utility planning. Planning efforts for drinking water and implementation are accomplished through two separate committees, the Regional Water Committee and the Eastern Water Utility Coordinating Committee (Eastern WUCC), which is a product of the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Regional Water Committee
The Regional Water Committee meets as needed to discuss, plan for, and implement measures that address drinking water quality and quantity for southeastern Connecticut’s public water systems. A notable accomplishment of the Regional Water Committee is the regionally interconnected system, which provides emergency connections to public water systems on the east and west sides of the Thames River, via a subfluvial pipe.
The Eastern Water Utility Coordinating Committee geographically covers municipalities that are member of SCCOG and the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (NECCOG). The Eastern WUCC is a planning body comprised of every public water system in eastern Connecticut, as well as appointed staff from SCCOG and NECCOG. Organized under the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH), the Eastern WUCC is required by State Statute to complete a Coordinated Water System Plan (CWSP) and establish, maintain, and modify boundaries for Exclusive Service Areas (ESAs) of utility companies. Eastern WUCC meeting information is posted to the Meetings page. Comprehensive information regarding the State’s three WUCCs is available from the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Regional Wastewater Management Plan
In November 2018, SCCOG began a study to assess the region’s wastewater infrastructure in order to determine planning-level future needs and service challenges, as well as identify alternatives for inter- and intra-system expansion, cooperation, and improvement. This study was completed in June 2019 and adopted by the SCCOG Board in July.