Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee helps to mold legislation and regulation that will cost-effectively allow members to continue to protect water sources and to improve the security and preparedness of water utilities.


Tom Sexton (Chair)

Committee Updates

WaterSense Proposed for Elimination from Federal Budget

from AWE The president’s FY2020 budget proposes–once again–to eliminate WaterSense, and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) is requesting your help to support the continuance program. The Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program is a voluntary partnership program designed to make it easy for Americans to save water by choosing water-efficient products and services. The AWE […]

MassDEP issues draft PFAS amendments to MCP Groundwater Standards

In a notice to Public Water Suppliers on April 17, 2019, MassDEP proposed draft amendments to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan to include a new Class 1 groundwater standard for 6 Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). MassDEP proposes a combined limit for Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), Perfluoroocatanoic acid (PFOA), Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), Perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS), Perfluoroheptanoic acid […]

State FY2020 Budget Proposal Released by Ways and Means

The House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee released its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020 on April 10, 2019. The release of the spending plan, from the House Ways and Means Committee now chaired by Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, will be followed by the filing of several hundred amendments that are due by Friday, April […]

First PFAS stakeholders meeting held on Development of a PFAS Drinking Water Standard (MCL)

The first PFAS stakeholders meeting was held by MassDEP on April 11. Agenda was a follows: PFAS Updates, including: • PFAS activities in other states • PFAS detections in public water supplies • Status of forthcoming proposed groundwater cleanup standards for waste site cleanups • Consideration of a revised Office of Research & Standards Guideline […]

“Water’s Worth It” Day at the State House, Register by 5/1

FROM ACEC: Water’s Worth It Day is 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM Great Hall, 2nd Floor, Massachusetts State House, Boston. MA Register by May 1 on Survey Monkey*: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019Eng_LS_Water_Day​ Engineers, Land Surveyors, Public Works Professionals and other design professionals will meet with Massachusetts state legislators at the State House on May 22, 2019. *Before you […]