Section 43 of chapter 21 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after paragraph (10) the following paragraph:-
(10½ ) A permit for discharge from publicly owned treatment works shall require that the applicant conduct regular systems assessments to ensure the maintenance at all times of a reliable and sufficient source of on-site reserve power that is fully independent of the regional electricity grid and capable of operating the facility at a capacity necessary to fully meet demand for a period exceeding any reasonably anticipated unscheduled power outage from said electricity grid. The division shall promulgate regulations establishing the frequency of the reserve power assessment; provided, however, that the regulations shall require the assessments to be conducted not less frequently than quarterly.
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