DAR File No. 39076
This rule was published in the June 1, 2015, issue (Vol. 2015, No. 11) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Environmental Quality, Drinking Water
Facility Design and Operation: Plan Review, Operation and Maintenance Requirements
Change in Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 39076
Filed: 05/15/2015 02:01:51 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The Division of Drinking Water (DDW) was tasked to review the Drinking Water R309-500 series rules for revisions, clarifications, clarifications, corrections, updates, etc. The changes in proposed Rule R309-500 are being made in response to comments received during the 30-day comment period.
Summary of the rule or change:
The changes in proposed Rule R309-500 include the following: 1) add a phrase to Subsection R309-500-5(2) to exclude substantial distribution system upgrades from the definition of on-going operation and maintenance procedures, which do not require plan approval; 2) make a minor change by transposing the first two words of Subsection R309-500-6(2)(b); 3) revise the proposed language in Subsection R309-500-6(2)(c) to require conflicts and interferences to be adequately identified and addressed, and to remove "profile drawing may be required"; 4) revise Subsection R309-500-2(f) to clarify that the one year period in which construction or ordering of equipment must occur before renewal of plan approval is required begins with the date of the original plan approval; 5) rewrite Subsection R309-500-6(3)(b) to more clearly state the requirements for becoming eligible to request plan submittal waivers; 6) rewrite Section R309-500-11 to state that DDW is authorized to assess fees according to the Department of Environmental Quality fee schedule. (DAR NOTE: This change in proposed rule has been filed to make additional changes to a proposed amendment that was published in the February 1, 2015, issue of the Utah State Bulletin, on page 16. Underlining in the rule below indicates text that has been added since the publication of the proposed rule mentioned above; strike-out indicates text that has been deleted. You must view the change in proposed rule and the proposed amendment together to understand all of the changes that will be enforceable should the agency make this rule effective.)
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Subsection 19-4-104(1)(a)(ii)
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
Proposed changes to Rule R309-500 are not expected to result in a change in the workload of the DDW and should have no effect on the state budget.
Local governments that own and operate public water systems will be affected by the proposed changes to Rule R309-500. However, the proposed amendments are not expected to result in increased costs or savings for local governments.
Small businesses that own and operate public water systems will be affected by the proposed changes to Rule R309-500. However, the proposed changes are not expected to result in new costs or savings for the types of water systems owned and operated by small businesses.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
Owners, operators, and customers of public water systems are persons directly or indirectly affected by Rule R309-500. Because the proposed changes to Rule R309-500 are not expected to result in increased costs or savings for public water systems, there should be no new costs or savings for any of these persons because of the proposed amendments.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
Plan review, operation, and maintenance costs for public water systems are not expected to change because of the proposed changes to Rule R309-500.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
The proposed rule changes will have no negative fiscal impact on businesses. The changes will not have a significant effect on public water systems and will clarify plan review, operation, and maintenance requirements as they pertain to public water systems.
Amanda Smith, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Environmental Quality
Drinking WaterRoom Third Floor
195 N 1950 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3085
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Bernie Clark at the above address, by phone at 801-536-0092, by FAX at , or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Ken Bousfield, Director
R309. Environmental Quality, Drinking Water.
R309-500. Facility Design and Operation: Plan Review, Operation and Maintenance Requirements.
The purpose of this rule is to describe plan review procedures and requirements, clarify projects requiring review, and inspection requirements for drinking water projects. It is intended to be applied in conjunction with rules R309-500 through R309-550. Collectively, these rules govern the design, construction, operation and maintenance of public drinking water system facilities. These rules are intended to assure that such facilities are reliably capable of supplying adequate quantities of water which consistently meet applicable drinking water quality requirements and do not pose a threat to public health.
This rule is promulgated by the Drinking Water Board as authorized by Title 19, Environmental Quality Code, Chapter 4, Safe Drinking Water Act, Subsection 104(1)(a)(ii) of the Utah Code and in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3 of the same, known as the Administrative Rulemaking Act.
Definitions for certain terms used in this rule are given in R309-110 but may be further clarified herein.
(1) Construction of New Facilities and Modification of Existing Facilities.
(a) Plans, specifications, and other data pertinent to new facilities, or existing facilities of public drinking water systems not previously reviewed, shall be submitted to the Director for review for conformance with rules R309-500 through R309-550. All submittals shall be from the public water system or its agent.
(b) The Director has the authority to grant an exception to R309-500 through R309-550 per R309-105-6(2)(b).
(c) Construction of a public drinking water project shall not begin until complete plans and specifications have received Plan Approval or a Plan Submittal Waiver has been issued by the Director.
(d) No new public drinking water facility shall be put into operation until the Director has issued an Operating Permit or a Plan Submittal Waiver.
(2) Minimum Quantity and Quality Requirements for Existing Facilities.
All existing public drinking water systems shall be capable of reliably delivering water that meets current drinking water minimum quantity and quality requirements. The Director may require modification of existing systems in accordance with R309-500 through R309-550 when such modifications are needed to reliably achieve minimum quantity and quality requirements.
(3) Operation and Maintenance.
Public drinking water system facilities shall be operated and maintained in a manner that protects public health. As a minimum, operation and maintenance procedures described in R309-500 through R309-550 shall be met.
R309-500-5. Public Drinking Water Project.
A public drinking water project, requiring submittal of a Project Notification Form and plans and specifications, is any of the following:
(a) Construction of any facility for a proposed drinking water system.
(b) Any addition to, or modification of, the facilities of an existing public drinking water system that may affect the quality or quantity of water delivered.
(c) Any activity, other than on-going operation and maintenance procedures, that may affect the quality or quantity of water delivered by an existing public drinking water system. Such activities may include:
(i) the interior re-coating or re-lining of any raw or drinking water storage tank, or water storage chamber within any treatment facility,
(ii) the in-situ re-lining of any pipeline,
(iii) a change or addition of a water treatment process,
(iv) the re-development of any spring or
(v) replacement of a well pump with one of different capacity
or ]deepening a well.
(2) On-going Operation and Maintenance Procedures.
On-going operation and maintenance procedures are not considered public drinking water projects and, accordingly, are not subject to the project notification, plan approval and operating permit requirements of this rule. However, these activities shall be carried out in accordance with all requirements contained in R309-500 through R309-550 and specifically the design, construction, disinfection, flushing and bacteriological sampling and testing requirements before the facilities are placed back into service. The following activities are considered to be on-going operation and maintenance procedures:
(a) pipeline leak repair,
(b) replacement of existing deteriorated pipeline where the new pipeline segment is the same size as the old pipeline or the new segment is upgraded to meet the minimum pipeline sizes required by R309-550-5(4) or larger sizes as determined by a hydraulic analysis in accordance with R309-550-5(3),
(c) tapping existing water mains with corporation stops so as to make connection to new service laterals to individual structures,
(d) distribution pipeline additions where the pipeline size is the same as the main supplying the addition or the pipeline addition meets the minimum pipeline sizes required by R309-550-5(4) or larger sizes as determined by a hydraulic analysis in accordance with R309-550-5(3), the length is less than 500 feet and contiguous segments of new pipe total less than 1000 feet in any fiscal year,
(e) entry into a drinking water storage facility for the purposes of inspection, cleaning and maintenance, and
(f) replacement of equipment or pipeline appurtenances with the same type, size and rated capacity (fire hydrants, valves, pressure regulators, meters, service laterals, chemical feeders and booster pumps including deep well pumps).
R309-500-6. Plan Approval Procedure.
(1) Project Notification.
The Division shall be notified prior to the construction of any "public drinking water project" as defined in R309-500-5(1) above. The notification may be prior to or simultaneous with submission of construction plans and specifications as required by R309-500-6(2) below. Notification shall be made on a form provided by the Division.
(2) Pre-Construction Requirements.
All of the following shall be accomplished before construction of any public drinking water project begins:
(a) Plans and specifications for a public drinking water project shall be submitted to the Division at least 30 days prior to the date on which action is desired.
S]ubmittals [ required ]may include engineering reports,
hydraulic analyses of the existing system and additions, local
requirements for fire flow and duration, proximity of sewers and
other utilities, water consumption data, supporting information,
evidence of rights-of-way and reference to any previously submitted
master plans pertinent to the project, a description of a program
for keeping existing water works facilities in operation during
construction so as to minimize interruption of service, etc.
(c) Plans and specifications submitted
shall be complete and sufficiently detailed for actual
In some cases, a profile drawing may be required to show
potential water line conflicts and clearances.]
(d) Drawings that are illegible or of unusual size will not be accepted for review.
(e) The plans and specifications shall be stamped and signed by a licensed professional engineer as required by Section 58-22-602(2) of the Utah Code.
(f) If construction or the ordering of substantial equipment has not commenced within one year, a renewal of the Plan Approval shall be obtained prior to proceeding with construction.
(3) Eligibility for Plan Submittal Waivers.
In lieu of submitting plans and specifications for Plan Approval and obtaining Operating Permits, public water systems may request Plan Submittal Waivers for two types of water line projects (excluding booster pump stations) after first becoming eligible to request the waivers. The Director will issue written notification that a public water system is eligible to request the Plan Submittal Waivers described in R309-500-6(3)(a) and (3)(b) if the information provided is acceptable.
(a) Water Line Projects Included in an Approved Master Plan. To become eligible to request this type of waiver, a public water system must submit standard installation drawings, which meet the requirements in R309-550, and a master plan, which is supported by a hydraulic analysis, to the Director for approval.
(b) Water Line Projects Included in (i) through (iii)
below. To become eligible to request this type of waiver, a public
water system must submit standard installation drawings, which meet
the requirements in R309-550, and identify in writing the
professional engineer or engineers responsible for the oversight of
the hydraulic analysis for and the design of the entire water
system to the Director for approval.
(i) Water lines less than or equal to 8 inches in diameter in water systems providing water to a population less than 3,300;
(ii) Water lines less than or equal to 12 inches in diameter in water systems providing water to a population between 3,300 and 50,000; or
(iii) Water lines less than or equal to 16 inches in diameter in water systems providing water to a population greater than 50,000.
(4) Using Plan Submittal Waivers.
After becoming eligible to request Plan Submittal Waivers per R309-500-6(3), a public water system must complete the following when requesting a Plan Submittal Waiver for a water line project:
(a) Submit a complete Project Notification Form describing the project and specifying which Plan Submittal Waiver, R309-500-6(3)(a) or R309-500-6(3)(b), is being requested;
(b) For projects that will have a hydraulic impact, submit a certification of hydraulic analysis by a professional engineer per R309-511-6(1) indicating that the design will not result in unacceptable pressure and flow conditions (including fire flow if fire hydrants are installed);
(c) Submit a certification by a professional engineer, who is responsible for the design and construction of the project or has been designated by the water system in writing as the professional engineer directly responsible for the design of the entire water system, indicating that design and construction will meet the requirements of R309-500 through 550, that proper flushing and disinfection will be completed according to the appropriate ANSI/AWWA standard, that satisfactory bacteriological sample results will be obtained prior to placing the facilities into service, and that the water system will receive a copy of as-built or record drawings;
(d) Obtain a written Plan Submittal Waiver, in lieu of Plan Approval, from the Director prior to the start of construction; and
(e) Comply with the conditions in R309-500-6(4)(c) prior to placing the new facilities into service.
R309-500-7. Inspection during Construction.
Staff from the Division, the Department of Environmental Quality, or the local health department, after reasonable notice and presentation of credentials, may make visits to the work site to assure compliance with these rules.
R309-500-8. Change Orders.
Any deviations from approved plans or
specifications affecting capacity, hydraulic conditions, operating
units, the functioning of water treatment processes, or the quality
of water to be delivered, shall be reported to the Director. The
Director may require that revised plans and specifications be
submitted for review. If required, revised plans or specifications
shall be submitted to the Division in time to permit the review and
Director's ]approval of such plans or
specifications before any construction work, which will be affected
by such changes, is begun.
R309-500-9. Operating Permit.
The Division shall be informed when a public drinking water project, or a well-defined phase thereof, is at or near completion. The new or modified facility shall not be placed into service until an Operating Permit or a Plan Submittal Waiver is issued by the Director. The Operating Permit will not be issued until all of the following items are submitted and found to be acceptable for all projects. Distribution lines (not including in-line booster pump stations), may be placed into service prior to submittal of all items if the professional engineer responsible for the entire system, as identified to the Director, has received items (1) and (4):
(1) Certification of Rule Conformance by a professional engineer that all conditions of Plan Approval were accomplished and if applicable, changes made during construction were in conformance with rules R309-500 through 550,
(2) as-built or record drawings incorporating all changes to approved plans and specifications, unless no changes are made from previously submitted and approved plans during construction,
(3) confirmation that a copy of the as-built or record drawings has been received by the water system owner,
(4) evidence of proper flushing and disinfection in accordance with the appropriate ANSI/AWWA Standard,
(5) where appropriate, water quality data,
(6) all other documentation which may have been required during the plan review process, and
(7) confirmation that the water system owner has been provided with an Operation and Maintenance manual for the new facility if applicable.
R309-500-10. Waste and Wastewater Disposal.
Approval of plans and specifications may require evidence showing that the methods of waste and wastewater disposal have been approved or accepted by the Utah Division of Water Quality, the local health agency, or the local authority for:
(1) new drinking water facilities, including discharges from treatment facilities, discharges related to construction, etc., and
(2) new drinking water facilities serving proposed developments.
R309-500-11. Fee Schedule.
The Division [
may charge a fee related to the review of plans and
specifications]. [ A] fee schedule is available from the Division.
R309-500-12. Other Permits.
Local, county, federal, and other state authorities may impose different, more stringent, or additional requirements for public drinking water projects. Water systems may be required to comply with other permitting requirements before beginning construction of drinking water projects or placing new facilities into service.
KEY: drinking water, plan review, operation and maintenance requirements, permits
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: 2015
Notice of Continuation: March 22, 2010
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 19-4-104
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