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Senate Bill (H)

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Water and wastewater utilities and runoff. Establishes a storm water management task force to study issues related to storm water management systems. Provides for the task force to consist of: (1) two members of the senate; (2) two members of the house; and (3) other members appointed by the governor. Requires the task force to issue a report setting forth its findings and recommendations not later than December 1, 2019. Requires the governor to appoint a water data officer. Requires the water data officer to: (1) serve as the executive branch coordinator of water related programs and activities of the Water and wastewater utilities and runoff. Establishes a storm water management task force to study issues related to storm water management systems. Provides for the task force to consist of: (1) two members of the senate; (2) two members of the house; and (3) other members appointed by the governor. Requires the task force to issue a report setting forth its findings and recommendations not later than December 1, 2019. Requires the governor to appoint a water data officer. Requires the water data officer to: (1) serve as the executive branch coordinator of water related programs and activities of the state; (2) advise executive state agencies and political subdivisions regarding best practices concerning the coordination of funding streams and incentives to achieve comprehensive water related data collection and regional collaboration in water and wastewater service; and (3) coordinate data analytics and transparency master planning regarding investment, affordability, supply, and economic development related to water and wastewater service. Requires the Indiana finance authority (IFA) to divide the state of Indiana into study areas and to hold annual meetings with the officers and employees of the water and wastewater utilities located in each study area. Authorizes the utilities within a study area to meet voluntarily to determine area water and wastewater priorities, promote cooperation among the utilities, and consider other matters. Requires biennial reports from the utilities of each study area and from the IFA on the cooperative activities of the utilities. Provides that a utility applying to the IFA for a loan, a grant, or other financial assistance must demonstrate that its officers and employees have participated in study area activities. Requires every water utility, at least once in each calendar year, to perform an audit of its water distribution system to determine the causes of the water utility's "non-revenue water" (the difference between the amount of water entering the utility's distribution system and the amount of water received by the water utility's customers). In even-numbered years, requires the results of the annual audit to be verified by an independent evaluator and reported to the IFA and requires the IFA to issue a report concerning the audit results. Provides that, under certain circumstances, a permit may be issued for the operation of a public water system or for the discharge from a wastewater treatment plant without a certification that a life cycle cost-benefit analysis, a capital asset management plan, and a cybersecurity plan have been prepared. Provides that an applicant for or holder of a permit for the operation of a water or wastewater treatment plant may withhold information in a life cycle cost-benefit analysis or capital asset management plan from public disclosure if the information could be excepted from inspection and copying at the discretion of a public agency under the public records law. Amends the definition of "customer lead service line improvement". ... View more