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. Notwithstanding section 39A of chapter 40 of the General Laws or chapter 193 of the acts of 1904, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the town of Oxford may establish a water supply and water distributing system and maintain and operate the system, in accordance with sections 39B to 39I, inclusive, of said chapter 40, within the part of its territory that it may, by contract under section 39H of chapter 40 or under section 3 of this act, agree with Aquarion Water Company of Massachusetts, Inc., successor of Oxford Water Company established by chapter 193 of the acts of 1904, and its successors, to be established, maintained and operated these contracts may be for a term of years that is provided by by-law or vote of the town of Oxford, notwithstanding any limitations of said section 39H of chapter 40.
SECTION 2. Without the necessity of any act of acceptance, sections 42G to 42K, inclusive, of chapter 40 of the General Laws shall apply within the town of Oxford.
SECTION 3. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the board of selectmen of the town of Oxford may enter into a contract with the Aquarion Water Company of Massachusetts, Inc., or any successor to that company, to permit the town to establish a water supply and water distribution system and maintain and operate the system for a term of years that the board of selectmen and the company shall agree upon, within the land area presently within the town of Oxford Highway Interchange Zoning District, which system may include a water main in Sutton Avenue in the town and a water storage tank on land owned by the town located off Sutton Avenue including access thereto, and may enter into a lease with the company for these facilities under which the company shall maintain and operate the facilities.
SECTION 4. This act shall not authorize the town of Oxford to construct, own, or operate a water supply or water distribution system serving the entire town, or any portions thereof other than those agreed to by contract with the Aquarion Water Company of Massachusetts, Inc. pursuant to the authorization granted by section 1. This act shall not repeal or amend chapter 193 of the acts of 1904, nor shall it limit the exclusive service franchise granted to the company by that act or otherwise limit or impair the rights of the company under that act.
SECTION 5. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved August 9, 2006.