SECTION .0700 - OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT

 

15a ncac 18d .0701       OPERATOR IN RESPONSIBLE CHARGE

(a)  An operator in responsible charge must possess a valid certificate issued by the Board equivalent to or exceeding the classification of the facility for which he or she is designated.

(b)  The operator in responsible charge is actually in charge of the daily operation and maintenance of the facility and shall not reside more than 50 miles from the facility without written permission from the Board.  The operator in responsible charge shall be readily available for consultation on the premises of the facility in case of an emergency, malfunction or breakdown of equipment or other needs.  No person shall be in responsible charge of more than any one of the following without written permission from the Board:

(1)           One surface water treatment facility;

(2)           Five community public water systems with well water facilities;

(3)           10 non-community public water systems with well water facilities;

(4)           One distribution system serving over 3,300 service connections;

(5)           Five distribution systems serving over 500 service connections and less than 3,300 service connections;

(6)           10 total distribution systems; or

(7)           10 total cross-connection control systems. 

No person shall be in responsible charge of any combination of a surface water treatment facility, a community public water system with well water facilities, a non-community public water system with well water facilities, a distribution system, and a cross-connection control facility without written permission from the Board.

(c)  When permission from the Board is required, the request shall include sufficient documentation to satisfy the Board that the facilities in question can be managed in compliance with the requirements of 15A NCAC 18C. 

(d)  The operator in responsible charge shall report with annual certification renewal the name(s) and public water system identification number(s) for all systems for which the operator is the operator in responsible charge.

(e)  If an operator in responsible charge takes responsibility for an additional system or relinquishes responsibility for any system, the operator shall notify the Board in writing within 30 days of this change.

(f)  The operator in responsible charge shall establish standard operating procedures for each facility for which he/she is responsible.  These procedures shall provide sufficient instruction to ensure that his/her decisions about water quality or quantity that affect public health are carried out properly.  The procedures shall instruct persons lacking proper certification to refer all such decisions affecting public health to the certified operator on duty or to the operator in responsible charge.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A-21(c); 90A-31;

Eff. August 1, 1998;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2006; August 1, 2002; August 1, 2000.