Ensure compliance with the complex and ever-changing regulations related to the provision of water and sewer services.

Water and sewer utilities are subject to a range of federal, state, and local laws and regulations, which can be difficult to understand and comply with.

Vista Law can provide you with valuable guidance and support, helping you navigate the regulatory landscape, stay in compliance with relevant laws and regulations, and avoid costly penalties and legal disputes.


How can Vista Law help you with your small water utility legal needs?


Ratemaking or other issues before the Public Service Commission

Vista Law can help with ratemaking or other issues before the Public Service Commission (PSC) by:

  • Providing legal advice and representation to small water utilities in proceedings before the PSC.
  • Assisting with preparing rate studies and cost-of-service analyses, representing the utility in rate cases before the PSC, and advocating for fair and reasonable rates for the utility’s customers.
  • Providing guidance on regulatory compliance issues, such as water quality standards or environmental regulations.
  • Representing the utility in enforcement proceedings.
  • Advising the utility on the development of infrastructure projects, such as water treatment plants or distribution systems.
  • Assisting with obtaining the necessary permits and approvals.

Entity formation or corporate issues

Vista Law can assist with entity formation or corporate issues by:

  • Providing legal advice and guidance on the appropriate legal structure for the water or sewer utility.
  • Drafting and filing the necessary legal documents with relevant government agencies.
  • Advising on compliance with relevant corporate laws and regulations.
  • Helping in negotiating contracts and agreements with stakeholders.
  • Resolving disputes.
  • Protecting the water utility’s legal rights and interests.

Regulatory compliance before the DEQ or DNRC

Vista Law can assist with regulatory compliance before the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) or Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) by:

  • Providing legal advice and guidance on compliance with relevant state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Helping the water/sewer utility understand its obligations, develop policies and procedures to ensure compliance, and represent the utility in discussions with regulators and other stakeholders.
  • Helping the water/sewer utility prepare and file the necessary permits, reports, and other documentation required by DEQ or DNRC.

Environmental or real estate issues

Vista Law can assist with environmental or real estate issues by:

  • Providing legal advice and guidance on compliance with relevant environmental laws and regulations, including those related to water quality, land use, and endangered species.
  • Helping the water/sewer utility navigate the complex real estate issues that often arise in the context of water supply, such as easements, rights-of-way, and property acquisition.
  • Representing the utility in negotiations with other parties, including government agencies, landowners, and other stakeholders, and in any disputes that may arise.

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