PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: To revise the fee schedule for the drinking water operating permit regulation, chapter 246-294 WAC to incorporate an annual fee of twenty-five cents per connection.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 70.119A RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To fulfill the requirements of the Municipal water supply -- Efficiency requirements, chapter 5, Laws of 2003 1st sp.s., the Department of Health may charge an additional annual fee for the purpose of funding the water conservation activities in section 7 of this act.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making. The department invites interested parties to participate in this rule development by attending a Water Supply Advisory Committee meeting or providing comments when proposed drafts are available.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Stakeholders will be involved through the Water Supply Advisory Committee and the Washington Water Utility Council. In addition, the draft rule will be available for comment upon request and made available through the Office of Drinking Water's homepage on the internet (www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/dw/default.htm). For more information contact Theresa Phillips, Program Development Section, Office of Drinking Water, P.O. Box 47822, Olympia, WA 98504-7822, (360) 236-3147.
July 21, 2004
M. C. Selecky