WPC: About Us

About the Water Planning Council


In 2001, with the passing of Public Act 01-177, the Connecticut General Assembly established a Water Planning Council (WPC) to "address issues involving the water companies, water resources, and state policies regarding the future of the state's drinking water supply."

The WPC is comprised of four members representing the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).  Governor Malloy's restructuring of executive branch agencies in 2011 resulted in the merging of PURA with DEEP, though each maintains independent representation on the WPC.  Click here to learn more about the WPC members.

The original tasks assigned to the WPC upon its creation are outlined in Sections (b) and (c) of PA 01-177.  In accordance with its directives, the WPC established six "subcommittees" to address each of the 11 study tasks:
  • Technical Management Subcommittee A
  • Technical Management Subcommittee B
    • Responsible for (7) methods for measurement and estimations of natural flows in Connecticut waterways in order to determine standards for stream flows that will protect the ecology of the state's rivers and streams and (8) the status of river flows and available data for measuring river flows.
    • Download final report
  • Water Resources Management Subcommittee A
    • Responsible for (3) protection and appropriate allocation of the state's water resources while providing for public water supply needs, (4) the adequacy and quality of the state's drinking water supplies to meet current and future needs, and (6) the status of current withdrawals, projected withdrawals, river flows, and the future needs of water users.
    • Download final report
  • Water Resources Management Subcommittee B
    • Responsible for (9) the streamlining of the water diversion permit process, and (10) coordination between the Departments of Environmental Protection, Public Health, and Public Utility Control in review of applications for water diversion.
    • Download final report
  • Water Utility Subcommittee A
    • Responsible for (2) fair and reasonable water rates, and (11) the procedure for coordination of planning of public water supply systems established in sections 25-33c to 25-33j, inclusive, of the general statutes.
    • Download final report
  • Water Utility Subcommittee B
    • Responsible for (1) the financial viability, market structure, reliability of customer service, and managerial competence of water companies.
    • Download final report
Based on the reports received from the six subcommittees, the WPC identified a number of action items in its subsequent reports to the General Assembly, such as the need to establish a clear water resource and allocation policy for the state.  Electronic copies of the WPC's reports to the General Assembly can be downloaded directly from the Publications page of this website.

In 2014, the state legislature renewed efforts for water resource planning with the passing of Public Act 14-163, which instructs the Water Planning Council to develop a state water plan for the management of the water resources of the state.  Such plan is to balance the needs of public water supply, economic development, recreation, and ecological health.  PA 14-163 provides 17 requirements for the state water plan, as well as a timeline for development and approval by the legislature.  The plan shall be completed for public review in 2017, followed by submittal to the General Assembly in January of 2018.
A Steering Committee, Advisory Group, and numerous workgroups serve to assist the WPC with the development of the state water plan.  For more information on the water planning process, visit the State Water Plan page.


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