COLUMBUS—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) today announced that the Ohio House has approved House Bill 422, legislation that allows municipalities to better address the infrastructure needs of their water and sewage systems.

The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that Ohio will require more than $12 billion to be invested in water system infrastructure and more than $14 billion in wastewater system infrastructure over the next 20 years. House Bill 422 eases this burden on municipalities by allowing a municipal water-works or sewage disposal system to be purchased by certain regulated companies.

“Flexibility will be key in helping Ohio maintain and expand its infrastructure systems for utility delivery. The reliable, safe, and uninterrupted delivery of drinking water is paramount and House Bill 422 will allow the flexibility necessary to help address any current and future issues in our water system,” said Rep. Anielski.

Under this legislation, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) would retain its regulatory role, decide if the transaction is in the public interest, and determine the fair market value for the purchase of the infrastructure. Additionally, the PUCO would provide a means of tracking the value of new infrastructure installments after the system changes hands.

House Bill 422 now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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