DAR File No. 42075
This rule was published in the October 1, 2017, issue (Vol. 2017, No. 19) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Environmental Quality, Drinking Water
Administration: Drinking Water Program
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 42075
Filed: 09/11/2017 08:20:58 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The rule is being amended in conjunction with another filing, Rule R309-105, to improve the efficiency of the plan review process and to remove an unnecessary review requirement imposed upon the division. (EDITOR'S NOTE: the proposed amendment to Section R309-105-6 is under Filing No. 21076 in this issue, October 1, 2017, of the Bulletin.)
Summary of the rule or change:
The proposed amendment applies to Sections R309-100-5 through R309-100-11. It would eliminate the requirement that the Director approve all engineering plans and specifications for public drinking water projects from Section R309-100-5. Instead, it would require only that plans and specifications be approved in writing prior to construction and would not specify who must approve them. This would bring the rule into conformance with a simultaneously proposed amendment to Rule R309-105, which would allow the Director to authorize the Engineering Manager to approve plans and specifications. The proposed amendment would also eliminate the requirement that the Department of Environmental Quality determine the feasibility of adequate water supply for proposed public water systems if requested by the local health department. Because this section of the rule, R309-100-6, will be deleted, the proposed amendment also renumbers five subsequent rule sections, Sections R309-100-7 through R309-100-11.
Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 19-4-104
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
In aggregate, the proposed amendment is anticipated to have no cost or savings to the state budget because it does not affect the state budget. It only affects operational procedures within the Division of Drinking Water (DDW).
In aggregate, the proposed amendment is anticipated to have no cost or savings to local governments because it does not affect them. It only affects operational procedures within DDW.
In aggregate, the proposed amendment is anticipated to have no cost or savings to small businesses because it does not affect them. It only affects operational procedures within DDW.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
In aggregate, the proposed amendment is anticipated to have no cost or savings to persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities because it does not affect such persons. It only affects operational procedures within DDW.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
The proposed amendment imposes no compliance costs on anyone.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
The proposed amendment would not result in a fiscal impact to businesses because it does not affect any business; it only affects operational procedures within DDW.
Alan Matheson, Executive Director
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Alan Matheson, Executive Director
R309. Environmental Quality, Drinking Water.
R309-100. Administration: Drinking Water Program.
R309-100-5. Approval of Plans and Specifications for Public Water Supply Projects.
The Director must approve, in writing, a]ll engineering plans and specifications for public drinking
prior to construction[ .]
(2) Refer to] R309-105-6 and[ /or] R309-500-6[ for further requirements].
Operating Permit[ s shall be obtained by the public water system]
prior to placing any public drinking water facility into operation
as required in R309-500-9.
R309-100-6. Feasibility Reviews.
(1) Upon the request of the local health department, the
Department of Environmental Quality will conduct a review to
determine the "feasibility" of adequate water supply for
any proposed public water system (e.g. subdivisions, industrial
plants or commercial facilities). Information submitted to the
Department for consideration must be simultaneously submitted to
the local health department. This feasibility review is a
preliminary investigation of the proposed method of water supply
and is done in conjunction with a review of proposed methods of
wastewater disposal. (2) Refer to the Department of Environmental Quality
publication "Review Criteria for Establishing the Feasibility
of Proposed Housing Subdivisions" available at the Division of
7]. Sanitary Survey, Evaluation, and Corrective Action of Existing
(1) The Director, after considering information gathered during sanitary surveys and facility evaluations, may make determinations of regulatory significance including: monitoring reductions or increases, treatment, variances and exemptions.
(2) CONDUCTING SANITARY SURVEYS
(a) The Director shall ensure a sanitary survey is conducted at least every three years on all public water systems. The Director may reduce this frequency to once every five years based on outstanding performance on prior sanitary surveys.
(b) Sanitary surveys conducted by the following individuals under the circumstances as listed, may be used by the Director for the above determinations:
(i) Division of Drinking Water personnel;
(ii) Utah Department of Environmental Quality District Engineers;
(iii) local health officials;
(iv) Forest Service engineers;
(v) Utah Rural Water Association staff;
(vi) consulting engineers; and
(vii) other qualified individuals authorized in writing by the Director.
(3) Public water systems must provide the Director, at the Director's request, any existing information that will enable the State to conduct a sanitary survey.
(4) For the purposes of this subpart, a "sanitary survey", as conducted by the Director, includes but is not limited to, an onsite review of the water source(s) (identifying sources of contamination by using results of source water assessments or other relevant information where available), facilities, equipment, operation, maintenance, and monitoring compliance of a public water system to evaluate the adequacy of the system, its sources and operations and the distribution of safe drinking water.
(5) The sanitary survey must include an evaluation of the applicable components listed in paragraphs (5)(a) through (h) of this section:
(c) Distribution system,
(d) Finished water storage,
(e) Pumps, pump facilities, and controls,
(f) Monitoring, reporting, and data verification,
(g) System management and operation, and
(h) Operator compliance with State requirements.
(6) CONDITIONS ON CONDUCT OF SANITARY SURVEYS
In order for the groups of individuals listed in R309-100-7(2)(b) to conduct sanitary surveys acceptable for consideration by the Director, the following criteria must be met:
(a) Surveys of all systems involving complete treatment plants must be performed by Division of Drinking Water staff or others authorized in writing by the Director;
(b) Local Health officials may conduct surveys of systems within their respective jurisdictions;
(c) U.S. Forest Service (USFS) engineers may conduct surveys of water systems if the system is owned and operated by the USFS or USFS concessionaires;
(d) Utah Rural Water Association staff may conduct surveys of water systems if the system's population is less than 10,000;
(e) Consulting Engineers under the direction of a Registered Professional Engineer;
(f) Other qualified individuals who are authorized in writing by the Director may conduct surveys.
(7) SANITARY SURVEY REPORT CONTENT
The Director will prescribe the form and content of sanitary survey reports and be empowered to reject all or part of unacceptable reports.
(8) ACCESS TO WATER FACILITIES
Department of Environmental Quality employees after reasonable notice and presentation of credentials, may enter any part of a public water system at reasonable times to inspect the facilities and water quality records, conduct sanitary surveys, take samples and otherwise evaluate compliance with Utah's drinking water rules. All others who have been authorized by the Director to conduct sanitary surveys must have the permission of the water system owner or designated representative before a sanitary survey may be conducted.
(9) CORRECTIVE ACTION
Public water systems must comply with requirements found in R309-215-16(3)(a)(iii), R309-215-16(3)(a)(iv), R309-215-16(3)(a)(v), R309-215-16(3)(a)(vi), and R309-215-16(3)(a)(vii).
(10) Refer to R309-100-8 and R309-105-6 for further requirements.
8]. Rating System.
The Director shall assign a rating to each public water supply in order to provide a concise indication of its condition and performance. The criteria to be used for determining a water system's rating shall be as set forth in R309-400.
9]. Orders and Emergency Actions.
(1) In situations in which a public water system fails to meet the requirements of these rules, the Director may issue an order to a water supplier to take appropriate protective or corrective measures.
(2) Failure to comply with these rules or with an order issued by the Director may result in the imposition of penalties as provided in the Utah Safe Drinking Water Act.
(3) The Director may respond to emergency situations involving public drinking water, including emergency situations as described in R309-105-18, in a manner appropriate to protect the public health. The Director's response may include the following:
(a) Issuing press releases to inform the public of any confirmed or possible hazards in their drinking water.
(b) Ordering water suppliers to take appropriate measures to protect public health, including issuance of orders pursuant to 63G-4-502, if warranted.
(1) Variances to the requirements of R309-200 of these rules may be granted by the Board to water systems which, because of characteristics of their raw water sources, cannot meet the required maximum contaminant levels despite the application of best technology and treatment techniques available (taking costs into consideration).
(2) The variance will be granted only if doing so will not result in an unreasonable risk to health.
(3) No variance from the maximum contaminant level for total coliforms are permitted.
(4) No variance from the minimum filtration and disinfection requirements of R309-525 and R309-530 will be permitted for sources classified by the Director as directly influenced by surface water.
(6) Within one year of the date any variance is granted, the Board shall prescribe a schedule by which the water system will come into compliance with the maximum contaminant level in question. The requirements of Section 1415 of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, PL 104-182, are hereby incorporated by reference. The Board shall provide notice and opportunity for public hearing prior to granting any variance or determining the compliance schedule. Procedures for giving notice and opportunity for hearing will be as outlined in 40 CFR Section 142.44.
(1) The Board may grant an exemption from the requirements of R309-200 or from any required treatment technique if:
(a) Due to compelling factors (which may include economic factors), the public water system is unable to comply with contaminant level or treatment technique requirements, and
(b) The public water system was in operation on the effective date of such contaminant level or treatment technique requirement, and
(c) The granting of the exemption will not result in an unreasonable risk to health.
(2) No exemptions from the maximum contaminant level for total coliforms are permitted.
(3) No exemptions from the minimum disinfection requirements of R309-200-5(7) will be permitted for sources classified by the Director as directly influenced by surface water.
(4) Within one year of the granting of an exemption, the Board shall prescribe a schedule by which the water system will come into compliance with contaminant level or treatment technique requirement. The requirements of Section 1416 of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, PL 104-182, are hereby incorporated by reference.
(5) The Board shall provide notice and opportunity for an exemption hearing as provided in 40 CFR Section 142.54.
KEY: drinking water, environmental protection, administrative procedures
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
February 3, 2011]
Notice of Continuation: March 13, 2015
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 19-4-104
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