2001 Regular Session
To: Environment Prot, Cons and Water Res
By: Senator(s) Robertson
Senate Bill 2995
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE OWNER OF A BUILDING CONTAINING RESIDENTIAL UNITS TO CHARGE TENANTS SEPARATELY FOR WATER AND WASTEWATER SERVICE BASED ON USAGE AS DETERMINED THROUGH THE USE OF CERTAIN EQUIPMENT OR ALLOCATION METHODOLOGY; TO PROVIDE THAT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE CHARGES TO THE TENANTS SHALL NOT EXCEED THE TOTAL CHARGES PAID BY THE OWNER FOR WATER AND WASTEWATER SERVICE PLUS A REASONABLE FEE; TO PROVIDE THAT THE TERMS OF THE CHARGES SHALL BE DISCLOSED TO THE TENANTS PRIOR TO ANY CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) The owner or operator of a building containing residential units may install equipment or use an economic allocation methodology to determine the quantity of water that is provided to the tenants and used in the common areas of such a building; and the owner of such a building may charge tenants separately for water and waste-water service based on usage as determined through the use of such equipment or allocation methodology. The activities described in this act shall not cause any owner or operator engaging in such activities to be considered the owner or operator of a public water system or a public utility, notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary.
(2) The owner or operator of a building containing residential units may charge tenants separately for water and wastewater service, provided that the total amount of the charges to the tenants of such a building shall not exceed the total charges paid by the owner or operator for water and wastewater service for such building plus a reasonable fee for establishing, servicing and billing for water and wastewater service and provided further, that the terms of the charges are disclosed to the tenants prior to any contractual agreement.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2001.