Owners of classified water pollution control systems shall designate operators certified by the Commission of the same type and grade as the classification for the system and for each classification shall:

(1)           designate one ORC who possesses a valid certificate of the type and grade at least equivalent to the type and grade of the system;

(2)           designate one or more Back-up ORC(s) who possesses a valid certificate of the type of the system and no more than one grade less than the grade of the system, with the exception of no Back-up ORC is required for systems whose minimum visitation requirements are twice per year; and

(3)           submit a signed completed Operator Designation Form to the Commission (or to the local health department for owners of subsurface systems) countersigned by the designated certified operators, designating the ORC and the Back-up ORC:

(a)           60 days prior to wastewater or residuals being introduced into a new system;

(b)           within 120 days following:

(i)            notification of a change in the classification of the system requiring the designation of a new ORC and Back-up ORC of the proper type and grade; or

(ii)           a vacancy in the position of ORC or Back-up ORC; or

(c)           within seven days of vacancies in both ORC and Back-up ORC positions replacing or designating one of the responsibilities.

the Operator Designation Form may be found on the Commission website at: and shall include:

(i)            the owner's name, contact information, and signature;

(ii)           the system name, location, permit number, type, and classification;

(iii)          the ORC name, contact information, the type and grade of the certification, and signature; and

(iv)          the Back-up ORC name(s), contact information, the type(s) and grade(s) of the certification(s), and the signature(s).


History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A-37; 90A-38; 90A-39; 90A-40; 90A-44; 90A-45;

Eff. April 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2006;

Readopted Eff. September 1, 2018.