Saud Anwar

State Senator

Saud Anwar

Deputy President Pro Tempore

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December 12, 2019

Senator Anwar Hosts Informational Session for Legislators to Learn More About Metropolitan District and Proposed Rate Increase

HARTFORD – Today, State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor) hosted an informational session regarding the Metropolitan District’s operations and an upcoming vote to determine whether it will receive a proposed rate increase when its board meets on December 16. The Metropolitan District is a nonprofit municipal corporation that provides water and sewer service to Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor, as well as water service to Farmington, Glastonbury, East Granby and South Windsor.

“I am grateful to legislators and MDC leadership for joining us at today’s informational session,” said Sen. Anwar. “It is important to all stakeholders that they receive the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the proposed rate increases so our future decisions can be made from an informed and thorough perspective. MDC provides water and sewer services to tens of thousands of people, so it is vital we learn as much as we can before major decisions are made.”

In recent weeks, an announcement that the MDC board was planning to vote on a proposed budget increase of 4.3 percent garnered media attention. The board will vote on the proposed budget on December 16. Sen. Anwar found it important for legislators in towns served by the MDC to receive more information before this vote that will impact their communities.

MDC CEO Scott W. Jellison and other MDC leaders presented information to assembled legislators explaining the reasons for the proposed increases, which would lead to rate increases of between 6.23 and 7.19 percent depending on whether a customer is a member or nonmember. Among the many budget drivers that led to the budget proposal included multiplying water main replacements made per year, more proactive maintenance of infrastructure, MDC leaders said. Leaders also gave an overview of MDC responsibilities and the extent of services it provides.