This rule was published in the December 1, 2016, issue (Vol. 2016, No. 23) of the Utah State Bulletin.
R317. Environmental Quality, Water
R317-1. Definitions and General
"Assimilative Capacity" means
the difference between the numeric criteria and the concentration
in the waterbody of interest where the concentration is less than
"Biological assessment" means an
evaluation of the biological condition of a water body using
biological surveys and other direct measurements of composition or
condition of the resident living organisms.
"Biological criteria" means
numeric values or narrative descriptions that are established to
protect the biological condition of the aquatic life inhabiting
waters that have been given a certain designated aquatic life
"Board" means the Utah Water
"BOD" means 5-day, 20 degrees C.
biochemical oxygen demand.
"Body Politic" means the State
or its agencies or any political subdivision of the State to
include a county, city, town, improvement district, taxing district
or any other governmental subdivision or public corporation of the
"Building sewer" means the pipe
which carries wastewater from the building drain to a public sewer,
a wastewater disposal system or other point of disposal. It is
synonymous with "house sewer".
"CBOD" means 5-day, 20 degrees
C., carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand.
"COD" means chemical oxygen
"Deep well" means a drinking
water supply source which complies with all the applicable
provisions of the State of Utah Public Drinking Water rules.
"Digested sludge" means sludge
in which the volatile solids content has been reduced [
to about 50% ]by
a suitable biological treatment
"Director" means the Director of
the Division of Water Quality.
"Division" means the Utah State
Division of Water Quality.
"Domestic wastewater" means a
combination of the liquid or water-carried wastes from residences,
business buildings, institutions, and other establishments with
installed plumbing facilities, together with those from industrial
establishments, and with such ground water, surface water, and
storm water as may be present. It is synonymous with the term
"Effluent" means the liquid
discharge from any unit of a wastewater treatment works, including
a septic tank.
"Existing Uses" means those uses
actually attained in a water body on or after November 28, 1975,
whether or not they are included in the water quality
"Human-induced stressor" means
perturbations directly or indirectly caused by humans that alter
the components, patterns, and/or processes of an ecosystem.
"Human pathogens" means specific
causative agents of disease in humans such as bacteria or
"Industrial wastes" means the
liquid wastes from industrial processes as distinct from wastes
derived principally from dwellings, business buildings,
institutions and the like. It is synonymous with the term
"Influent" means the total
wastewater flow entering a wastewater treatment works.
"Great Salt Lake impounded
wetland" means wetland ponds which have been formed by dikes
or berms to control and retain the flow of freshwater sources in
the immediate proximity of Great Salt Lake.
"Large underground wastewater
disposal system" means the same type of device as an onsite
wastewater system except that it is designed to handle more than
5,000 gallons per day of domestic wastewater, or wastewater that
originates in multiple dwellings, commercial establishments,
recreational facilities, schools, or any other underground
wastewater disposal system not covered under the definition of an
onsite wastewater system. The Division controls the installation of
"Onsite wastewater system" means
an underground wastewater disposal system for domestic wastewater
which is designed for a capacity of 5,000 gallons per day or less
and is not designed to serve multiple dwelling units which are
owned by separate owners except condominiums and twin homes. It
usually consists of a building sewer, a septic tank and an
"Operating Permit" is a State
issued permit issued to any wastewater treatment works covered
under Rules R317-3 or R317-5 with the following exceptions:
A. Any wastewater treatment permitted
under Ground Water Quality Protection
B. Any wastewater treatment permitted
under Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program
C. Any wastewater treatment permitted
under Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES)
D. Any wastewater treatment permitted
under Approvals and Permits for a Water Reuse Project
E. Any wastewater treatment permitted by a
Local Health Department under Onsite Wastewater Systems
"Person" means any individual,
company, or body politic, including any agency or
instrumentality of the United States government (Section
"Point source" means any
discernible, confined and discrete conveyance including but not
limited to any pipe, ditch, channel, tunnel, conduit, well,
discrete fissure, container, concentrated animal feeding operation,
or vessel or other floating craft from which pollutants are or may
be discharged. This term does not include return flow from
"Pollution" means such
contamination, or other alteration of the physical, chemical, or
biological properties of any waters of the state, or such discharge
of any liquid, gaseous or solid substance into any waters of the
state as will create a nuisance or render such waters harmful or
detrimental or injurious to public health, safety or welfare, or to
domestic, commercial, industrial, agricultural, recreational, or
other legitimate beneficial uses, or to livestock, wild animals,
birds, fish or other aquatic life.
"Sewage" is synonymous with the
term "domestic wastewater".
"Shallow well" means a well
providing a source of drinking water which does not meet the
requirements of a "deep well".
"Sludge" means the accumulation
of solids which have settled from wastewater. As initially
accumulated, and prior to treatment, it is known as "raw
"SS" means suspended solids.
Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) means the
maximum amount of a particular pollutant that a waterbody can
receive and still meet state water quality standards, and an
allocation of that amount to the pollutant's sources.
"Treatment works" means any
plant, disposal field, lagoon, dam, pumping station, incinerator,
or other works used for the purpose of treating, stabilizing or
holding wastes. (Section 19-5-102).
"TSS" means total suspended
"Underground Wastewater Disposal
System" means a system for underground disposal of domestic
wastewater. It includes onsite wastewater systems and large
underground wastewater disposal systems.
"Use Attainability Analysis"
means a structured
[ a]ssessment of the factors affecting the
attainment of the uses specified in
R317-2-6. The factors to be considered in such an
analysis include the physical, chemical, biological, and economic
use removal criteria as described in 40 CFR 131.10(g) (1-6).
"Wastes" means dredged spoil,
solid waste, incinerator residue, sewage, garbage, sewage sludge,
munitions, chemical wastes, biological materials, radioactive
materials, heat, wrecked or discarded equipment, rock, sand, cellar
dirt, and industrial, municipal, and agricultural waste discharged
into water. (Section 19-5-102).
"Wastewater" means sewage,
industrial waste or other liquid substances which might cause
pollution of waters of the state. Intercepted ground water which is
uncontaminated by wastes is not included.
"Waters of the state" means all
streams, lakes, ponds, marshes, water-courses, waterways, wells,
springs, irrigation systems, drainage systems, and all other bodies
or accumulations of water, surface and underground, natural or
artificial, public or private, which are contained within, flow
through, or border upon this state or any portion thereof, except
that bodies of water confined to and retained within the limits of
private property, and which do not develop into or constitute a
nuisance, or a public health hazard, or a menace to fish and
wildlife, shall not be considered to be "waters of the
state" under this definition (Section 19-5-102).
KEY: water pollution, waste disposal,
nutrient limits, effluent standards
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
February 25, 2016]
Notice of Continuation: October 2,
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 19-5
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