SubPart 5-5 - Water Quality Treatment Districts

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, July 3, 1991
Doc Status: 
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Statutory Authority: 
Public Health Law, Section 225

Section 5-5.1 - Purpose

5-5.1 Purpose. The rules contained in this Subpart have been promulgated to provide protection for persons served by nonpublic water supplies, and to conform to the requirements of the County Law and the Town Law.

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Section 5-5.2 - Applicability and scope

5-5.2 Applicability and scope. This Subpart sets the requirements for State approval relating to the formation and operation of water quality treatment districts within New York State.

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Wednesday, July 3, 1991
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Section 5-5.3 - Definitions

5-5.3 Definitions. As used in this Subpart, the following words and terms shall have the indicated meaning, except as otherwise specifically provided:

(a) Nonpublic Water System means any water supply serving less than 25 individuals on a daily basis and having less than five service connections.

(b) Point-of-use treatment means any type of chemical added to the water or any type of treatment device or system of devices installed on a water line within the property line of a consumer or on a nonpublic water source to improve water quality.

(c) Service Connection means the pertinent pipes, valves and fittings that connect a distribution system to a consumer's facility.

(d) State means the State Commissioner of Health, or his designated representative.

(e) Water quality treatment district means a district established under applicable provisions of the County Law and the Town Law which allow county or town ownership and operation of point-of-use treatment systems.

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, July 3, 1991
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Section 5-5.4 - Submission for approval

5-5.4 Submission for approval. Maps, plans and specifications submitted to the State for approval shall be signed and sealed by an engineer licensed to practice in New York State. Approval will be based on completeness of submission, appropriate treatment for the contaminants, demonstrated effectiveness of treatment units, provision for adequate installation, operation and maintenance of treatment units and protection of the occupants and operators. Submissions shall include, but are not limited to, the following items:

(a) A map of the proposed water quality treatment district. The map or maps shall include:

(1) location of district boundaries;

(2) existing public water system boundaries adjacent to or within the proposed water quality treatment district;

(3) sites of proposed installation of point-of-use treatment systems;

(4) sites of samples collected to determine water quality. Number and distribution shall be adequate to determine extent and degree of contamination; and

(5) sites of existing installations of point-of-use treatment systems.

(b) Plans and specifications of the proposed point-of-use treatment systems.

(c) Plans and specifications of typical installations.

(d) An engineering report detailing the following items:

(1) test results of sampling conducted to determine water quality at water sources within the proposed district;

(2) alternate non point-of-use treatment solutions considered;

(3) alternate types of point-of-use treatment considered;

(4) results of pilot studies;

(5) recommended alternative showing the type and location of proposed point-of-use treatment systems;

(6) evaluation of existing point-of-use treatment systems and necessary improvements;

(7) operation and maintenance of the point-of-use treatment installations;

(8) operator qualifications and training;

(9) administration and financing of the water quality treatment district. If all or part of the water quality treatment district services are to be subcontracted to another agency, private company or individual by the county or town, the qualifications and responsibilities of the subcontractor shall be included;

(10) monitoring (parameters and frequency) of the point-of-use treatment systems and sources within the water quality treatment district; and

(11) disposal of waste water and materials.
 

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, July 3, 1991
Doc Status: 
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Section 5-5.5 - Amendments and modifications

5-5.5 Amendments and modifications. All amendments to water quality treatment district plans and modifications to the approved plan of operation must be submitted to the State for approval before adoption.

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Wednesday, July 3, 1991
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Section 5-5.6 - Water quality.

5-5.6 Water quality. Treated water quality must meet all applicable water quality standards or guidelines for community water systems as defined by Subpart 5-1 of this Part.

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Wednesday, July 3, 1991
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Section 5-5.7 - District operation

5-5.7 District operation. The water quality treatment district shall comply with all conditions detailed in the written approval from the State, and all provisions of this Subpart.

(a) All treatment systems in the water quality treatment district shall be under responsible charge of an operator with demonstrated knowledge and experience with the type of treatment systems in use in the district, as determined by the State.

(b) The water quality treatment district shall monitor treated and untreated water for the parameters and at the frequency stated in the written approval. Samples taken to demonstrate compliance with water quality standards or guidelines shall be analyzed in an approved laboratory as defined by section 5-1.74 of this Part. Analysis of operational samples shall be made by an analyst with demonstrated competence using appropriate equipment, as determined by the State.

(c) The water quality treatment district shall report all available sample results to the State quarterly within 15 days of the end of a quarter, except when treated water exceeds a standard or guideline requiring State notification. Results exceeding a standard or guideline requiring State notification shall be reported to the State and to the impacted consumers in the water quality treatment district within 48 hours of learning the results.

(d) The water quality treatment district shall submit an annual report covering the previous calendar year to the state on or before July 1 each year. The annual report shall contain but not be limited to the following applicable items:

(1) number, type and location of treatment systems in service, and the number and type of treatment systems added or deleted during the year;

(2) effective life of units;

(3) treatment system failures;

(4) maintenance problems;

(5) operational problems;

(6) supply problems;

(7) changes in types of treatment devices in service;

(8) consumer complaints;

(9) summary and trends in monitoring test results;

(10) changes in water quality treatment district boundary;

(11) changes in water quality treatment district operational and/or administrative procedure; and

(12) list of names, addresses and telephone number of administrators and operators of the water quality treatment district.

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, July 3, 1991
Doc Status: 
Complete