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

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Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 2021 Summer Client Advisory

Click here to view as a PDF. This Client Advisory summarizes developments in the law governing employee benefit plans prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We explain what these developments mean for plan sponsors and...

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House Democrats Propose Estate and Gift Tax Law Changes: Important Estate Planning Implications

Please note: this alert was updated on September 30, 2021. What you need to know : On September 13, 2021, the House Ways and Means Committee released its proposed tax plan to fund President...

Blog

Myth Buster: Employees Do Not Have to Be Affiliated With An Organized Religion to Be Entitled To A Religious Accommodation

Event

Maine State Chamber of Commerce: The Future is Now: 5G Wireless Networks

On October 26, Verrill telecommunications attorney Geoffrey Why will be moderating the virtual event, “The Future is Now: 5G Wireless Networks,” hosted by The Maine State Chamber of Commerce. The Wireless Summit will explore...

News

Verrill Announces New Leadership Changes in Support of Its Plans for Strategic Growth

(September 29, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to announce that the firm has elevated Chrissie Eastin to Director of Human Resources and Robert Wright to Director of Office Operations as the firm continues to...

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Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

Blog

Geoff Why to Moderate "The Future is Now: 5G Wireless Networks"

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Verrill Welcomes Experienced Trademark Attorneys to Growing IP Practice

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Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

Event

Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association Annual HR/Labor Forum

Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association will be virtually hosting their Annual HR/ Labor Forum on October 26th from 9:00AM to 11:15AM. Human Resources professionals in the Healthcare field face an ever-evolving labor and employment...

Contact Verrill at (855) 307 0700