WSR 03-08-036

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed March 27, 2003, 10:05 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule: Division of Drinking Water fees, WAC 246-290-990 Water system evaluation and project review and approval fees and 246-292-160 Water works certification fees.

Purpose: To revise the fee schedule for the Division of Drinking Water.

Other Identifying Information: The proposed fee increases will be raised to the fiscal growth factor for fiscal year 2003, 3.29%.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.70.250, 43.20B.020 and 70.119.160, 43.70.250, respectively.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 43.70.250, 43.20B.020 and 70.119.160, 43.70.250, respectively.

Summary: Fees support public health activities in the Division of Drinking Water and need to be adjusted to compensate for the inflationary costs of administering the program.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Fee adjustments are necessary to guarantee sufficient revenue to fulfill the department's public health protection obligations.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Theresa Phillips, Tumwater, (360) 236-3147.

Name of Proponent: Department of Health, Environmental Health Programs, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The proposed amendments increase fees by the 2003 fiscal growth factor of 3.29%. The increase is necessary to ensure continued protection of public health by enabling the programs to acquire additional revenue to maintain current service activities and meet program costs.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: The proposed changes increase existing fees by the fiscal growth factor for 2003 for WAC 246-290-990 and 246-292-160.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Under RCW 19.85.025(3), rules that set or adjust fees pursuant to legislative standards are exempt from the requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. Under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vi), rules that set or adjust fees pursuant to legislative standards are exempt from the requirements of RCW 34.05.328.

Hearing Location: Department of Labor and Industries, 7273 Linderson Way S.W., Room S119, Tumwater, WA 98504, on May 23, 2003, at 9:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Theresa Phillips by May 16, 2003, TDD (800) 833-6388 or (360) 236-3147.

Submit Written Comments to: Theresa Phillips, P.O. Box 47822, Olympia, WA 98504-7822, fax (360) 236-2253, by May 23, 2003.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 30, 2003.

March 23, 2003

M. C. Selecky

Secretary

OTS-6201.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-01-065, filed 12/14/01, effective 1/14/02)

WAC 246-290-990   Water system evaluation and project review and approval fees.   (1) The fees for the review and approval of water system plans, project reports, construction documents, existing systems, and related evaluations required under chapters 246-290, 246-291, 246-293, 246-294, and 246-295 WAC shall be as follows:

(a) Water system plans required under WAC 246-290-100, 246-290-105, 246-291-140, 246-293-220, 246-293-230, and 246-294-060.


覧覧覧覧覧覧覧 Group A 覧覧覧覧覧覧

Project Type

Group B

<100

Services

100 to 500

Services

501 to 999

Services

1,000 to

9,999

Services

10,000

or more

Services

Water system plan

(New and Updated)

$((126)) 130 $((447)) 461 $((1,095)) 1,131 $((2,070)) 2,138 $((3,363)) 3,473 $((4,978)) 5,141
Minor water system plan

alteration

$30 $((106)) 109 $((268)) 276 $((515)) 531 $((835)) 862 $((1,225)) 1,265

(b) Satellite management agency (SMA) plans for Group A and Group B water systems required under WAC 246-295-040.


覧覧 Total Active or Approved Services 覧覧

Project Type

<100

Services

100 to 500

Services

501 to 999

Services

1,000 to

9,999

Services

10,000

or more

Services

SMA plan for ownership

(New and Updated)

$((447)) 461 $((1,095)) 1,131 $((2,070)) 2,138 $((3,363)) 3,473 $((4,978)) 5,141
SMA approval amendment $((93)) 96 per hour or appropriate fee from category above, whichever is less
SMA plan for operation only

(New and Updated)

$((1,095)) 1,131 $((1,095)) 1,131 $((1,095)) 1,131 $((1,095)) 1,131 $((1,095)) 1,131

Note: SMAs owning water systems and submitting planning documents to the department for review shall be charged only the SMA fee.


(c) New plan elements required under WAC 246-290-100, 246-290-105, 246-290-125, 246-290-132, 246-290-135, 246-290-691, and 246-291-140 including:

(i) Conservation; and

(ii) Wellhead protection, shall be reviewed separately by the department and the fee assessed shall reflect the time spent for this review and shall be calculated based on ((ninety-three)) ninety-six dollars per hour. After the initial submittal, updated information shall be reviewed as part of the updated water system plan and the review fee shall be included in the applicable updated plan review fee listed under (a) or (b) of this subsection.

(d) Project reports required under WAC 246-290-110 and design reports required under WAC 246-291-120.


覧覧覧覧覧覧覧 Group A 覧覧覧覧覧覧
Project Type Group B <100

Services

100 to 500

Services

501 to 999

Services

1,000 to

9,999

Service

10,000

or more

Services

All types of filtration or other complex treatment processes $((317))

327

$((645))

666

$((1,002))

1,034

$((1,452))

1,499

$((2,001))

2,066

$((2,653))

2,740

Chemical addition only, such as ion exchange, hypochlorination, or fluoridation $((93))

96

$((187))

193

$((317))

327

$((478))

493

$((675)) 697 $((904)) 933
Complete water system (an additional fee shall be assessed for review of treatment facility, if any) $((187)) 193 $((447)) 461 $((707)) 730 $((1,033)) 1,066 $((1,421))

1,467

$((1,872))

1,933

System modifications requiring a detailed evaluation to determine whether the system, as modified, will comply with regulations (an additional fee shall be assessed for review of treatment facility, if any) $((126))

130

$((317))

327

$((515))

531

$((774))

799

$((1,095))

1,131

$((1,477))

1,525


Note: In accordance with WAC 246-290-125, project reports are not required for minor projects that are described in sufficient detail in an approved water system plan, and have been reviewed as part of the process for approving the water system plan.

(e) Special reports or plans required under WAC 246-290-230, 246-290-235, 246-290-250, 246-290-470, 246-290-636, 246-290-640, 246-290-654, 246-290-676, 246-291-230 including:

(i) Corrosion control recommendation report;

(ii) Corrosion control study;

(iii) Plan to cover uncovered reservoirs;

(iv) Predesign study;

(v) Uncovered reservoir plan of operation;

(vi) Tracer study plan;

(vii) Surface water or GWI treatment facility operations plan;

(viii) Filtration pilot study; or

(ix) GWI determination reports, shall be reviewed by the department and the fee assessed shall reflect the time spent for this review and shall be calculated based on ((ninety-three)) ninety-six dollars per hour.

(f) Construction documents required under WAC 246-290-120 and design reports required under WAC 246-291-120.


覧覧覧覧覧覧覧 Group A 覧覧覧覧覧覧
Project Type Group B <100

Services

100 to 500

Services

501 to 999

Services

1,000 to

9,999

Services

10,000

or more

Services

All types of filtration or other

complex treatment

processes

$((317))

327

$((645))

666

$((1,002))

1,034

$((1,452))

1,499

$((2,001))

2,066

$((2,653))

2,740

Chemical addition only, such

as ion exchange,

hypochlorination,

or fluoridation

$((93))

96

$((187))

193

$((317))

327

$((478))

493

$((675))

697

$((904))

933

Complete new water system

except treatment (an

additional fee shall be

assessed for review of

treatment facility, if any)

$((256))

264

$((576))

594

$((835))

862

$((1,162))

1,200

$((1,552))

1,603

$((2,001))

2,066

New source only (an

additional fee shall be

assessed for review of

treatment facility, if any)

$((187))

193

$((348))

359

$((478))

493

$((645))

666

$((835))

862

$((1,064))

1,099

One or more of the following

submitted as a package

and not requiring a

detailed evaluation as

determined by the

department: Water line installation, booster

pump station,

modifications to source

pumping, piping-valving,

controls or storage

reservoir (an additional

fee shall be assessed for

review of treatment

facility, if any)

$((126))

130

((220))

227

$((348))

359

$((515))

531

$((707))

730

$((934))

964

Documents submitted for

projects such as water

line installation, booster

pump stations,

modifications to source

pumping, piping/valving,

controls or storage

reservoirs as determined

by the department where

such projects:

Comply with design standards established by the department;
Are prepared by a professional engineer in accordance with WAC 246-290-040; and
Do not require a detailed

evaluation by the

department.

$((60))

61

$((109))

112

$((182))

187

$((256))

264

$((355))

366

$((466))

481


(g) Existing system approval required under WAC 246-290-140 and 246-291-130. For the purpose of this subsection the department shall determine whether a system is expanding or nonexpanding.


覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧 Group A 覧覧覧覧覧覧
Project Type Group B <100

Services

100 to 500

Services

501 to 999

Services

1,000 to

9,999

Services

10,000

or more

Services

NONEXPANDING system not

requiring a detailed

evaluation by the

department

$((244))

252

$((490))

506

$((737))

761

$((984))

1,016

$((1,231))

1,271

$((1,477))

1,525

NONEXPANDING system

requiring a detailed

evaluation as determined

by the department

$((367))

379

$((737))

761

$((1,117))

1,153

$((1,477))

1,525

$((1,847))

1,907

$((2,217))

2,289

EXPANDING system not

requiring a detailed

evaluation by the

department

$((490))

506

$((984))

1,016

$((1,477))

1,525

$((1,970))

2,034

$((2,464))

2,545

$((2,956))

3,053

EXPANDING system requiring

a detailed evaluation as

determined by the

department

$((614))

634

$((1,231))

1,271

$((1,847))

1,907

$((2,464))

2,545

$((3,079))

3,180

$((3,696))

3,817


(h) Monitoring waivers requested under WAC 246-290-300.

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Project Type Group B <100

Services

100 to 500

Services

501 to 999

Services

1,000 to

9,999

Services

10,000

or more

Services

Inorganic chemical monitoring waiver Not

applicable

$((82)) 84 per

source

$((113)) 116 per

source

$((142)) 146 per

source

$((172)) 177 per

source

$((202)) 208 per

source

Organic chemical monitoring waiver Not

applicable

$((148)) 152 per

source

$((207)) 213 per

source

$((269)) 277 per

source

$((328)) 338 per

source

$((388)) 400 per

source

Use waiver Not

applicable

$((177)) 182 per

source

$((238)) 245 per

source

$((304)) 314 per

source

$((358)) 369 per

source

$((418)) 431 per

source

Area wide waiver renewal Not

applicable

$((177)) 182 per

source

$((219)) 226 per

source

$((262)) 270 per

source

$((304)) 314 per

source

$((335)) 346 per

source

Inorganic chemical monitoring waiver renewal Not

applicable

$((45)) 46 per

source

$((58)) 59 per

source

$((69)) 71 per

source

$((82)) 84 per

source

$((93)) 96 per

source

Organic chemical monitoring waiver renewal Not

applicable

$((88)) 90 per

source

$((123)) 127 per

source

$((161)) 166 per

source

$((196)) 202 per

source

$((232)) 239 per

source

Use waiver renewal Not

applicable

$((123)) 127 per

source

$((166)) 171 per

source

$((207)) 213 per

source

$((249)) 257 per

source

$((292)) 301 per

source

Coliform monitoring waiver including departmental inspection requested by purveyor Not

applicable

$((377)) 389 $((466)) 481 $((593)) 612 $((755)) 779 Not

applicable

Coliform monitoring waiver with third-party inspection report Not

applicable

$((118)) 121 $((118)) 121 $((118)) 121 $((118)) 121 Not

applicable


(i) Other evaluations and approvals. As applicable, these fees will be charged in addition to the basic fees assessed under (a) through (h) of this subsection.


覧覧覧覧覧覧覧 Group A覧覧覧覧覧覧覧
Project Type Group B <100

Services

100 to 500

Services

501 to 999

Services

1,000 to

9,999

Services

10,000

or more

Services

Well-site evaluation and

approval including the

site inspection and

hydrogeologic

information review.

$((187))

193

$((281))

290

$((332))

342

((411))

424

$((515))

531

$((645))

666

Regulatory monitoring plan1 No plan

required

$((182))

187

$((244))

252

$((306))

316

$((367))

379

$((428))

442

Unfiltered system

annual comprehensive

report

Not

applicable

$((367))

379

$((614))

634

$((861))

889

$((1,107))

1,143

$((1,353))

1,397

1 A comprehensive document containing coliform, inorganic chemical and organic chemical monitoring plans in accordance with WAC 246-290-300.
Water system compliance

report

$((106))

109

$((106))

109

$((106))

109

$((106))

109

((106))

109

$((106))

109


(2) To determine the appropriate fee for a noncommunity system, calculate the service equivalent by taking the average population served each day of operation and dividing by twenty-five for a transient noncommunity (TNC) system and two and one-half for nontransient noncommunity (NTNC) system. Use the number of service equivalents to find out what Group A size category to look under and submit the appropriate fee. (All noncommunity systems are Group A systems as described in WAC 246-290-020.)

(3) Additional review and approval fees may be assessed as follows:

(a) The basic fee covers an evaluation, or the review of an initial submittal and one resubmittal if required. If additional resubmittals are required, an additional twenty-five percent of the original fee will be assessed for each additional resubmittal. For water system plan and SMA plan preparation the basic fee also covers a preplanning conference. When the department is asked to participate in other meetings involving the plan such as community meetings, public hearings, or meetings with elected officials, the department is authorized to charge additional fees at the rate of ((ninety-three)) ninety-six dollars per hour;

(b) Fees for department project approval based on local technical review will be determined on a case-by-case basis as outlined in the applicable memorandum of understanding between the department and the respective local agency;

(c) Fees for services which the department determines are not described under subsection (1) of this section, will be calculated based on a rate of ((ninety-three)) ninety-six dollars per hour.

Examples of these services include, but are not limited to:

(i) Review and inspection of water reuse projects;

(ii) Collection of water quality samples requested by purveyor;

(iii) Review of alternate technologies requested by purveyor, manufacturer or authorized representative;

(iv) Sanitary surveys, including the time spent as part of the annual on-site inspections for systems under WAC 246-290-690(3) that is in addition to the time necessary to assess watershed control and disinfection treatment;

(v) Well field designations; or

(vi) Transfers of ownership under WAC 246-290-035 or 246-294-060.

(d) Additional fees assessed by the department shall be billed to the purveyor using an itemized invoice.

(4) If the legislature revises the water system operating permit fee under RCW 70.119A.110 to incorporate into it one or more fees for service currently assessed separately under this section, and the purveyor has paid that consolidated fee, the department shall not assess or collect a separate fee under this section for any such service.

(5) All fees required under this section except as noted in subsection (3) of this section, shall be submitted prior to the department's approval. Payment of fees shall be in the form of a check or money order made payable to: The Department of Health, P.O. Box 1099, Olympia, Washington 98507-1099, or such successor organization or address as designated by the department. Payment of a fee shall not guarantee approval of the submitted document or evaluation request.

(6) Purveyors unable to determine the appropriate fee payment to submit should contact the department.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250 and 70.119.160. 02-01-065, ァ 246-290-990, filed 12/14/01, effective 1/14/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. 00-02-015, ァ 246-290-990, filed 12/27/99, effective 1/27/00; 99-12-022, ァ 246-290-990, filed 5/24/99, effective 6/24/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20B.020. 98-11-068, ァ 246-290-990, filed 5/19/98, effective 6/19/98; 97-12-032, ァ 246-290-990, filed 5/30/97, effective 6/30/97; 95-20-079, ァ 246-290-990, filed 10/4/95, effective 11/4/95; 93-01-006 (Order 315), ァ 246-290-990, filed 12/3/92, effective 1/3/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as ァ 246-290-990, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20A.055. 87-14-066 (Order 2493), ァ 440-44-048, filed 7/1/87; 83-14-038 (Order 1980), ァ 440-44-048, filed 6/30/83.]

OTS-6202.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-01-065, filed 12/14/01, effective 1/14/02)

WAC 246-292-160   Water works certification fees.   (1) Operator fees:

(a) Applicable fees are listed in Table 2 of this section;


Table 2

WATER WORKS OPERATOR FEES

OPERATOR

CLASSIFICATION

APPLICATION

FEE

REAPPLICATION

FEE

ANNUAL

RENEWAL

FEE

LATE

FEE

WTPO $((64.00)) 66.00 $((31.00)) 32.00 $((31.00*)) 32.00* $27.00**
WDM $((64.00)) 66.00 $((31.00)) 32.00 $((31.00*)) 32.00* $27.00**
WDS $((64.00)) 66.00 $((31.00)) 32.00 $((31.00*)) 32.00* $27.00**
CCS $((38.00)) 39.00 $((31.00)) 32.00 $((31.00*)) 32.00* $27.00**
BAT $((38.00)) 39.00 $((31.00)) 32.00 $((31.00)) 32.00 $27.00
BTO $((38.00)) 39.00 $((31.00)) 32.00 $((31.00)) 32.00 $27.00

* The annual renewal fee for a WTPO,WDM,WDS and CCS certification shall be ((thirty-one)) thirty-two dollars regardless of the number of classifications held.
** The annual late fee for a WTPO, WDM, WDS, and CCS certification shall be twenty-seven dollars regardless of the number of classifications held.

(b) A late fee shall be assessed to operators failing to submit the required fee within the time period specified on the renewal form; and

(c) The fee for application for reciprocity is one hundred ((thirty)) thirty-four dollars per classification.

(2) Group A system fees:

(a) Applicable fees are listed as indicated in

Table 3 of this section.

Table 3

ANNUAL SYSTEM CERTIFICATION FEES

SYSTEM SIZE*

(Number of Equivalent Services)

SYSTEM FEE
Less than 601 Services $ ((97.00)) 100.00
601 through 6,000 Services $ ((295.00)) 304.00
6,001 through 20,000 Services $ ((393.00)) 405.00
More than 20,000 Services $ ((591.00)) 610.00

* Systems designated by the department as approved satellite management agencies (SMAs) shall pay a fee based on total services in all systems owned by the SMA.

(b) Group A system fees shall be paid in conjunction with the system's annual operating permit fee required in chapter 246-294 WAC.

(c) A late fee shall be assessed against any system for failing to submit the applicable fee to the department within the designated time period. The late fee shall be based on the water system's classification and shall be an additional ten percent of the applicable system fee or twenty-seven dollars, whichever is greater.

(d) The system fee for issuance of a temporary certification shall be ((sixty-four)) sixty-six dollars for each temporary position.

(3) Fees are nonrefundable and transfers of fees are not allowable.

(4) Payment of fees required under this chapter shall be in the form of a check or money order made payable to the department of health and shall be mailed to Department of Health, P.O. Box 1099, Olympia, Washington 98507-1099, or such successor organization or address as designated by the department.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250 and 70.119.160. 02-01-065, ァ 246-292-160, filed 12/14/01, effective 1/14/02. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.119 RCW and Safe Drinking Water Act, Public Law 104-182; 64 F.R. 5916 - 5921. 01-02-070, ァ 246-292-160, filed 12/29/00, effective 1/29/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. 00-02-015, ァ 246-292-160, filed 12/27/99, effective 1/27/00; 99-12-022, ァ 246-292-160, filed 5/24/99, effective 6/24/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20B.020. 98-12-015, ァ 246-292-160, filed 5/22/98, effective 6/22/98. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.119 RCW. 94-04-004, ァ 246-292-160, filed 1/20/94, effective 2/20/94.]

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