The Arkansas Water Provider Legislative Task Force (“Task Force”) has scheduled a meeting for November 8th.
The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. in room 151 of the Arkansas State Capitol.
The Task Force was created by Act 1056 during the 89th Arkansas General Assembly. The legislation declared a number of findings regarding the water utilities provision of water to state residents. Issues associated with areas served, ability to operate monopolies, importance of water supplies to economic development, requirements to supply out-of-area customers, and other matters were addressed.
The legislature mandated the creation of the Task Force to study a number of related issues and provide conclusions in a report to be submitted by January 1, 2019.
A meeting notice provided by the Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research states that the discussion will center on:
. . . issues faced by rural communities as they struggle to maintain their water systems and infrastructure due to the decline in population in rural areas.
A copy of the meeting notice which includes a list of both the legislative and non-legislative members can be downloaded here.