By STEPHEN SINGER Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Small water companies serving a few dozen homeowners in Connecticut communities are facing extinction.
Across rural areas, hundreds of tiny water companies are showing their age. An array of environmental regulations, record-keeping requirements and decaying systems are forcing residents to give up their ownership and fold the community systems into large water companies.
John Betkoski III is vice chairman of the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. He says water rates for many small companies will likely rise when they’re taken over by larger, regulated companies.
He says volunteers ran the small community companies, helping keep prices down. But now, Betkoski says, plant and equipment upgrades will be necessary and they cost money.
The water systems date back decades when small housing developments were built near Connecticut’s numerous lakes.
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