|Passed by the House March 5, 2009|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 17, 2009
President of the Senate
I, Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1283 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||61st Legislature||2009 Regular Session|
READ FIRST TIME 02/23/09.
AN ACT Relating to public water supply system operators; amending RCW 70.119.020, 70.119.030, 70.119.110, 70.119.130, and 70.119.160; and adding new sections to chapter 70.119 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1 RCW 70.119.020 and 1999 c 153 s 67 are each amended to
read as follows:
As used)) The definitions in this section apply throughout this
chapter unless the context clearly requires (( another meaning:))
(1) "Backflow assembly tester" means a person in charge of inspecting, testing, maintaining, and repairing backflow assemblies, devices, and air gaps that protect the public water system.
(2) "Certificate" means a certificate of competency issued by the secretary stating that the operator has met the requirements for the specified operator classification of the certification program.
(2)))(3) "Certified operator" means an individual holding a valid
certificate and employed or appointed by any county, water-sewer
district, municipality, public or private corporation, company,
institution, person, federal agency, or the state of Washington and who
is designated by the employing or appointing officials as the person
responsible for active daily technical operation.
(3)))(4) "Cross-connection control specialist" means a person in
charge of developing and implementing cross-connection control
(5) "Department" means the department of health.
(4)))(6) "Distribution system" means that portion of a public
water system which stores, transmits, pumps and distributes water to
(5)))(7) "Groundwater under the direct influence of surface
water" means any water beneath the surface of the ground with:
(a) Significant occurrence of insects or other macroorganisms, algae, or large diameter pathogens such as giardia lamblia; or
(b) Significant and relatively rapid shifts in water characteristics such as turbidity, temperature, conductivity, or pH which closely correlate to climatological or surface water conditions.
(6)))(8) "Group A water system" means a system with fifteen or
more service connections, regardless of the number of people; or a
system serving an average of twenty-five or more people per day for
sixty or more days within a calendar year, regardless of the number of
service connections. (( Group A water system does not include a system
serving fewer than fifteen single-family residences, regardless of the
number of people.))(9) "Nationally recognized association of certification
authorities" shall mean an organization which serves as an information
center for certification activities, recommends minimum standards and
guidelines for classification of potable water treatment plants, water
distribution systems and waste water facilities and certification of
operators, facilitates reciprocity between state programs and assists
authorities in establishing new certification programs and updating
(8)))(10) "Operator" includes backflow assembly tester, certified
operator, and cross-connection control specialist as these terms are
defined in this section.
(11) "Public water system" means any system, excluding a system serving only one single-family residence and a system with four or fewer connections all of which serve residences on the same farm, providing piped water for human consumption, including any collection, treatment, storage, or distribution facilities under control of the purveyor and used primarily in connection with the system; and collection or pretreatment storage facilities not under control of the purveyor but primarily used in connection with the system.
(9)))(12) "Purification plant" means that portion of a public
water system which treats or improves the physical, chemical or
bacteriological quality of the system's water to bring the water into
compliance with state board of health standards.
(10)))(13) "Secretary" means the secretary of the department of
(11)))(14) "Service" means a connection to a public water system
designed to serve a single-family residence, dwelling unit, or
equivalent use. If the facility has group home or barracks-type
accommodations, three persons will be considered equivalent to one
(12)))(15) "Surface water" means all water open to the atmosphere
and subject to surface runoff.
Sec. 2 RCW 70.119.030 and 1997 c 218 s 2 are each amended to read
(1) A public water system shall have a certified operator if:
(a) It is a group A water system; or
(b) It is a public water system using a surface water source or a groundwater source under the direct influence of surface water.
(2) The certified operators shall be in charge of the technical direction of a water system's operation, or an operating shift of such a system, or a major segment of a system necessary for monitoring or improving the quality of water. The operator shall be certified as provided in RCW 70.119.050.
(3) A certified operator may provide required services to more than one system or to a group of systems. The amount of time that a certified operator shall be required to be present at any given system shall be based upon the time required to properly operate and maintain the public water system as designed and constructed in accordance with RCW 43.20.050. The employing or appointing officials shall designate the position or positions requiring mandatory certification within their individual systems and shall assure that such certified operators are responsible for the system's technical operation.
(4) The department shall, in establishing by rule or otherwise the requirements for public water systems with fewer than one hundred connections, phase in such requirements in order to assure that (a) an adequate number of certified operators are available to serve the additional systems, (b) the systems have adequate notice and time to plan for securing the services of a certified operator, (c) the department has the additional data and other administrative capacity, (d) adequate training is available to certify additional operators as necessary, and (e) any additional requirements under federal law are satisfied. The department shall require certified operators for all group A systems as necessary to conform to federal law or implementing rules or guidelines. Unless necessary to conform to federal law, rules, or guidelines, the department shall not require a certified operator for a system with fewer than one hundred connections unless that system is determined by the department to be in significant noncompliance with operational, monitoring, or water quality standards that would put the public health at risk, as defined by the department by rule, or has, or is required to have, water treatment facilities other than simple disinfection.
(5) Any examination required by the department as a prerequisite
for the issuance of a certificate under this chapter shall be offered
in each region where the department has a regional office.))
(6) Operators not required to be certified by this chapter are encouraged to become certified on a voluntary basis.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3 A new section is added to chapter 70.119 RCW
to read as follows:
(1) Backflow assembly testers and cross-connection control specialists must hold a valid certificate and must be certified as provided by rule as adopted under the authority of RCW 70.119.050.
(2) Backflow assembly testers who maintain or repair backflow assemblies, devices, or air gaps inside a building are subject to certification under chapter 18.106 RCW.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4 A new section is added to chapter 70.119 RCW
to read as follows:
(1) Any examination required by the department as a prerequisite for the issuance of certificate under this chapter must be offered in both eastern and western Washington.
(2) Operators not required to be certified by this chapter are encouraged to become certified on a voluntary basis.
Sec. 5 RCW 70.119.110 and 1995 c 269 s 2906 are each amended to
read as follows:
The secretary may ((
after conducting a hearing)) revoke or suspend
a certificate: (1) Found to have been obtained by fraud or deceit;
(( or)) (2) for fraud, deceit, or gross negligence (( in)) involving the
operation or maintenance of a (( purification plant or distribution
system)) public water system; (3) for fraud, deceit, or gross
negligence in inspecting, testing, maintenance, or repair of backflow
assemblies, devices, or air gaps intended to protect a public water
system from contamination; or (4) for an intentional violation of the
requirements of this chapter or any lawful rules, order, or regulation
of the department. No person whose certificate is revoked under this
section shall be eligible to apply for a certificate (( for one year
from the effective date of the final order of)) until the completion of
the revocation period.
Sec. 6 RCW 70.119.130 and 1991 c 305 s 8 are each amended to read
Any person, including any operator or any firm, association, corporation, municipal corporation, or other governmental subdivision or agency who, after thirty days' written notice, operates a public water system which is not in compliance with RCW 70.119.030(1), shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Each month of such operation out of compliance with RCW 70.119.030(1) shall constitute a separate offense. Upon conviction, violators shall be fined an amount not exceeding one hundred dollars for each offense. It shall be the duty of the prosecuting attorney or the attorney general, as appropriate, to secure injunctions of continuing violations of any provisions of this chapter or the rules and regulations adopted ((
hereunder: PROVIDED, That,
except in the case of fraud, deceit, or gross negligence under RCW
70.119.110, no revocation, citation or charge shall be made under RCW
70.119.110 and 70.119.130 until a proper written notice of violation is
received and a reasonable opportunity for correction has been given))
under this chapter.
Sec. 7 RCW 70.119.160 and 1993 c 306 s 4 are each amended to read
The department of health certifies ((
individuals responsible for
the active daily technical operation of)) public water (( supply
systems)) system operators and monitors public water (( supply)) systems
to ensure that such systems comply with the requirements of this
chapter and (( regulations)) rules implementing this chapter. The
secretary shall establish a schedule of fees for (( certified)) operator
applicants and renewal licenses and a separate schedule of fees for
public water systems to support the waterworks operator certification
program. The fees shall be set at a level sufficient for the
department to recover the costs of the waterworks operator
certification program and in accordance with the procedures established
under RCW 43.70.250.