Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 2 of chapter 128 of the acts of 1886 is hereby amended by striking out the last paragraph, added by section 1 of chapter 436 of the acts of 1998, and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-
The board of water commissioners may enter into contracts with, or may go to the aid of, an entity, including a city, town, commission or district or a company as defined in section 1 of chapter 165 of the General Laws, with regard to the operation, administration, repair and maintenance of the entity’s water supply system. Such contracts may be made to provide water to any such entity on an emergency or long term basis or to provide water service to entity customers of another town who cannot be reasonably provided with water supply services by that town. No contract shall exceed 20 years duration and the aggregate of all such contracts shall not exceed 50 per cent of the daily safe yield as certified by the department of environmental protection; provided, however, that no such contract shall take effect without the prior approval of the town meeting.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved February 21 , 2008