PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: To implement revisions to the Group A Public Water Systems Regulations, chapter 246-290 WAC required by the Municipal Water Supply - Efficiency Requirements Act.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 70.119A RCW and RCW 43.20.050.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Revisions are necessary to be consistent with the Municipal Water Supply - Efficiency Requirements Act, chapter 5, Laws of 2003 1st sp.s. and to make other technical amendments to clarify existing practices.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The State Board of Health and federal Environmental Protection Agency regulate this subject. The board has delegated its rule-making authority to the department, and the department will report regularly to the board. The revisions do not require coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency because there will be no impact on any federal requirements.
Process for Developing New Rule: The Department of Health will work with the Water Supply Advisory Committee, Washington Water Utility Council and interested parties on the decision to adopt the rule revision and formulation of the proposed rule before publication.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Theresa Phillips, Program Development Section, Office of Drinking Water, P.O. Box 47822, Olympia, WA 98504-7822, phone (360) 236-3147, fax (360) 236-2253.
December 14, 2004
M. C. Selecky