DAR File No. 42076
This rule was published in the October 1, 2017, issue (Vol. 2017, No. 19) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Environmental Quality, Drinking Water
Construction of Public Drinking Water Facilities
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 42076
Filed: 09/11/2017 08:23:03 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The rule is being amended to improve the efficiency of the plan review process of reviewing requests for exceptions to the rule requiring minimum separation distances between water and sewer lines.
Summary of the rule or change:
The proposed amendment would allow the Director to authorize the Engineering Manager to approve plans and specifications. It would allow the Division of Drinking Water (DDW), in place of the Director, to require modifications to plans and specifications.
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 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
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Office 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 email@example.com
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:
Alan Matheson, Executive Director
R309. Environmental Quality, Drinking Water.
R309-105. Administration: General Responsibilities of Public Water Systems.
R309-105-6. Construction of Public Drinking Water Facilities.
The following requirements pertain to the construction of public water systems.
(1) Approval of Engineering Plans and Specifications
(a) Complete plans and specifications for all public drinking water projects, as described in R309-500-5, shall be approved in writing by the Director prior to the commencement of construction. A 30-day review time should be assumed.
(b) Appropriate engineering reports, supporting information and master plans may also be required by the Director as needed to evaluate the proposed project. A certificate of convenience and necessity or an exemption therefrom, issued by the Public Service Commission, shall be filed with the Director prior to approval of any plans or specifications for projects described in R309-500-4(1) as new or previously un-reviewed water system.
(2) Acceptable Design and Construction Methods
(a) The design and construction methods of
all public drinking water facilities shall conform to the
applicable standards contained in R309-500 through R309-550 of
these rules. The [
Director] may require modifications to plans and
specifications before approval is granted.
(b) There may be times in which the
requirements of the applicable standards contained in R309-500
through R309-550 are not appropriate. Thus, the Director may grant
an "exception" to portions of these standards if it can
be shown that the granting of such an exception will not jeopardize
the public health.
for the [
Director] to consider such a request, the public drinking
water system shall submit a written request directly from the
management of the public [ dinking] water system, preferably on system letterhead, that
includes the following:
(i) citation of the specific rule for which the "exception" is being requested;
(ii) a detailed explanation, drawings may be included, of why the conditions of rule cannot be met;
(iii) what the system proposes, drawings may be included, in lieu of rule;
(iv) justification the proposed alternative will protect the public health to a similar or better degree than required by rule.
Physical conditions as well as cost may be justification for requesting an "exception-to-rule."
(c) Alternative or new treatment techniques may be developed which are not specifically addressed by the applicable standards contained in R309-500 through R309-550. These treatment techniques may be accepted by the Director if it can be shown that:
(i) They will result in a finished water meeting the requirements of R309-200 of these regulations.
(ii) The technique will produce finished water which will protect public health to the same extent provided by comparable treatment processes outlined in the applicable standards contained in R309-500 through R309-550.
(iii) The technique is as reliable as any comparable treatment process governed by the applicable standards contained in R309-500 through R309-550.
(3) Description of "Public Drinking Water Project"
Refer to R309-500-5 for the description of a public drinking water project and R309-500-6 for required items to be submitted for plan approval.
(4) Specifications for the drilling of a public water supply well may be prepared and submitted by a licensed well driller holding a current Utah Well Driller's Permit if authorized by the Director.
(5) Drawing Quality and Size
Drawings which are submitted shall be compatible with Division of Drinking Water Document storage. Drawings which are illegible or of unusual size will not be accepted for review. Drawing size shall not exceed 30" x 42" nor be less than 8-1/2" x 11".
(6) Requirements After Approval of Plans for Construction
After the approval of plans for construction, and prior to operation of any facilities dealing with drinking water, the items required by R309-500-9 shall be submitted and an operating permit received.
KEY: drinking water, watershed management
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
November 22, 2016]
Notice of Continuation: March 13, 2015
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 19-4-104
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