Water and Wastewater Systems

The Water and Wastewater Systems Group focuses on local, state, and federal regulation of suppliers and users of water and wastewater services throughout New England.

The Group represents water utilities and customers in a wide variety of cases before the Maine Public Utilities Commission, including rate cases, customer complaints, rulemakings and formal MPUC investigations. The group has been actively involved in issues of withdrawal of water and minimum stream flows before the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and has represented clients in Maine Drinking Water Program proceedings. The group also represents both suppliers and customers in trial and appellate court proceedings, including proceedings involving eminent domain issues, rate issues and main extensions. On the business side, the group regularly provides legal advice to water and wastewater clients on matters such as corporate finance and bond issuance, service connections, limited service agreements, easement procurement, environmental compliance and mergers and acquisitions. The group also offers its clients a regular and effective presence before Maine's Legislature and, in particular, the Legislature's Environment and Natural Resources Committee and Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.

Beyond Maine, our attorneys have considerable experience negotiating wastewater discharge agreements for manufacturers and in assisting municipal wastewater authorities with facilities upgrades and with the development of combined sewage overflow management projects. We serve as counsel to municipal pollution control authorities and have handled state and federal enforcement matters for water pollution control authorities and industrial dischargers. We have successfully handled environmental permit applications and permit modifications for publicly owned treatment works and industrial users in several jurisdictions and have negotiated inter-local agreements among municipalities for the use of publically owned treatment works throughout New England.

Verrill’s Energy Group has recently researched, edited, and published the 2nd edition of its treatise, Maine Regulation of Public Utilities. It is the only comprehensive treatise on the subject.

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Invalidated: Does Your Company Have a Plan B?

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems (Case C-311/18...

News

Verrill’s Wide-Ranging Private Wealth Law Practice Recognized in 2020 Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide

(July 20, 2020) – Verrill attorneys Michael Fay, Kurt Klebe, Mary McQuillen, and Jacqueline Rider were recognized in the Chambers High Net Worth 2020 Guide , Chambers and Partners' fifth edition of the publication...

Publication/Podcast

PPP: How is Maine Faring?

Originally enacted on March 27, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offers loan support and (potentially) loan forgiveness to qualifying small businesses – generally defined as those with not more than 500 employees. According to...

Blog

Verrill Helps State’s Largest Solar Project Obtain Principal Environmental Permit

Blog

Verrill Helps State’s Largest Solar Project Obtain Principal Environmental Permit

Matter

Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. For more...

Event

IP & Business Transactional Strategies as Life Science Companies Plan Their U.S. Market Entry

Business law attorney Eugene Ho and IP attorney Beverly Hjorth will be presenting for ACTION Innovation Network members for its webinar series, discussing what life science companies should be thinking about when considering entry...

News

After the EPA Inspector Leaves

On July 17, environmental attorney Mat Todaro appeared on an episode of Amplify Your Process Safety, a process safety and risk management podcast. Co-host Rob Bartlett and Mat discuss EPA inspections, what to expect...

Matter

2017 Emera Distribution Rate Case

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...