SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 8411
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By Senators Madsen and Barr.
Read first time April 24, 1991. Referred to Committee on Agriculture & Water Resources.
WHEREAS, Many rural and suburban areas are not presently served by water systems which are capable of adding commercial customers or residential developments without additional facilities; and
WHEREAS, County comprehensive water planning often prevents a developer or commercial customer from developing his or her own source or going to another water purveyor other than the one designated for a particular area; and
WHEREAS, Many water companies regulated by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission require residential developers and commercial customers to sign contracts to obtain water service; and
WHEREAS, The charges in such contracts are often in dispute; and
WHEREAS, The commission does not review such contracts unless they have been signed by the company and the customer; and
WHEREAS, Water is an essential utility service and there is a need to provide such service expeditiously and without unnecessary delay;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the Senate of the state of Washington, the House of Representatives concurring, That the Joint Select Committee on Water Resource Policy conduct a study to determine whether legislation is needed to establish procedures which will allow the commission to set rates for individual water connections quickly and fairly; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the committee study whether public and private water systems not regulated by the Utilities and Transportation Commission have similar problems; and