2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
February 11, 2011 - Introduced by Senators Harsdorf, Galloway, Moulton, Olsen,
Schultz, Grothman and
Holperin, cosponsored by Representatives
Severson, Rivard, Ballweg, Bernier, Bies, Jacque, Krug, LeMahieu,
Marklein, Mursau, Murtha, Thiesfeldt, Tiffany and Ziegelbauer. Referred
to Committee on Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce, and Government
1An Act to renumber
281.17 (8); and to create
281.17 (8) (b) of the statutes; 2relating to: disinfection of municipal water supplies.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law requires the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to
administer a safe drinking water program and to establish all safeguards that DNR
determines to be necessary in protecting public health from impure drinking water
supplies. DNR has promulgated a rule that requires municipal drinking water
systems to provide continuous disinfection of the water that they provide, beginning
no later than December 1, 2013.
This bill prohibits DNR from requiring a municipal water system to provide
continuous disinfection of the water that it provides, unless continuous disinfection
is required under federal law.
For further information see the local fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB19, s. 1
281.17 (8) of the statutes is renumbered 281.17 (8) (a).
SB19, s. 2
281.17 (8) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
(b) Notwithstanding par. (a) and s. 280.11 (1), the department may 2
not require a municipal water system to provide continuous disinfection of the water 3
that it provides, unless continuous disinfection is required under federal law.