Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to immediately allow certain municipalities, commissions and districts to apply for grants relative to drinking water plants, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Any city, town, water district or water and sewer commission owning a drinking water treatment facility which was under construction as of January first, nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and which has not received state financial assistance for said project, shall be eligible for reimbursement of fifty per cent of the eligible construction cost of the facility under the provisions of chapter four hundred and six of the acts of nineteen hundred and seventy-eight and chapter two hundred and eighty-six of the acts of nineteen hundred and eighty-two and chapter seven hundred and eighty-six of the acts of nineteen hundred and eighty-five.
Upon receipt by any city, town, district or commission of funds from a judgment or settlement of litigation for damages to a public water supply including the construction of a drinking water treatment plant as an element of said damages, such city, town, district or commission shall, after paying all costs and expenses incurred in obtaining such judgment or settlement, reimburse the commonwealth from the funds so received up to the amount of the financial assistance received under the provisions of this act.