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State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) announced that the Ohio House has passed Am. S.B. 179, legislation that includes recycled water as a private water system to be regulated by the Department of Health or by city and district boards of health.

As defined by the current law and remaining unchanged by this bill, a private water system is a water system that provides water for human consumption if the system has less than 15 service connections and does not regularly serve an average of 25 individuals daily.

Under current law, the rules for private water systems by the Director of Health are the:

  • Inspection of private water systems,

  • Annual registration of private water system contractors,

  • Payment of administration and enforcement fees

The bill updates state law by including recycled water as one of the types of private water systems, requiring regulation. Other types include wells, springs, cisterns, ponds, and hauled water, which are already specified by the current law. Each of these terms must be defined by the Director of Health as stipulated by the new legislation.

“Any time that our efforts as lawmakers can foster the type of innovation I have seen at Tangent Company, we should jump at that opportunity. As such, I am very pleased with the unanimous passage of Am. SB 179, legislation that provides for a regulatory framework for recycled water," said Rep. Anielski. "As technology continually evolves, we must make sure that our state’s regulations do not hinder engineering advancement.  The legislation will allow for the development and utilization of state-of-the-art water recycling technology without compromising our public safety and health."

"We are extremely grateful to Representative Anielski for her efforts to move SB 179 through the Ohio House. Her belief in our mission is exactly the type of support that entrepreneurs like us need to see from our elected leaders as we continue to invest in Ohio,” said James Bolton, President of Tangent Company.

With its passage on the House floor, Amended Senate Bill 179 now awaits Governor Kasich’s signature.

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