Section 5-1.71 - Protection and supervision of public water systems

5-1.71 Protection and supervision of public water systems. (a) The supplier of water and the person or persons operating a public water system shall exercise due care and diligence in the maintenance and supervision of all sources of the public water systems to prevent, so far as possible, their pollution and depletion.

(b) The supplier of water and the person or persons operating a water treatment plant or distribution system shall exercise due care and diligence in the operation and maintenance of these facilities and their appurtenances to ensure continued compliance with the provisions of this Subpart. Facilities approved by the State shall be operated in accordance with their design unless otherwise authorized under the provisions of sections 5-1.22, 5-1.23 or 5-1.24 of this Subpart.

(c) If the State notifies the supplier of water that a significant deficiency exists, the supplier of water shall consult with the State within 30 days regarding corrective action. Within 120 days of being notified that a significant deficiency exists (or earlier if the State determines that action is necessary to protect public health), the supplier of water shall correct the significant deficiency or be in compliance with a corrective action plan to correct the deficiency. The corrective action plan must specify appropriate modifications and/or improvements to the existing system or facility as may be necessary to fully conform to the requirements of this Subpart.

(d) Any significant deficiency that is not corrected or where correction has not begun according to a corrective action plan prepared to meet the requirements of this code, within 120 days, or as directed by the State, is a treatment technique violation and must be addressed in accordance with the requirements in section 5-1.12. If the deficiency is a public health hazard, the deficiency must be addressed as directed or approved by the State and Tier 1 notification is required.

(e) Public water systems shall correct sanitary defects found through a Level 1 or 2 assessment. For corrections that have not been completed at the time that the assessment form is submitted the system shall complete the corrective action(s) within 120 days of identifying the sanitary defect or be in compliance with a timeframe approved by the State in consultation with the system.  The system shall notify the State when each scheduled corrective action is complete.

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Complete