SUBCHAPTER 18D ‑ WATER TREATMENT FACILITY OPERATORS

 

SECTION .0100 ‑ GENERAL POLICIES

 

 

Rules .0101 ‑ .0105 of Title 15A Subchapter 18D of the North Carolina Administrative Code (T15A.18D .0101 ‑ .0105); has been transferred and recodified from Rules .0101 ‑ .0105 Title 10 Subchapter 10E of the North Carolina Administrative Code (T10.10E .0101 ‑ .0105), effective April 4, 1990.

 

 

15A NCAC 18D .0101       PURPOSE

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑20; 90‑21(c);

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Repealed Eff. September 1, 1990.

 

 

15A NCAC 18D .0102       ORGANIZATION

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑21;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Repealed Eff. September 1, 2004.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0103       MEETINGS OF THE BOARD

(a)  The Board shall meet at least twice each year for the purpose of examining applications.

(b)  Additional meetings shall be held at such other times, and at such places as deemed necessary for the conduct of board business.

 

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

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. July 26, 2015.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0104       QUORUM

 

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

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Repealed Eff. September 1, 1990.

 

 

 

15A ncac 18d .0105       DEFINITIONS

The following definitions shall apply throughout this Subchapter:

(1)           "Acceptable Experience"  

(a)           For surface grades means at least 50 percent of the duties shall consist of active on‑site performance of operational duties, including on-site water facility laboratory duties, at a surface water treatment facility. This experience shall be based on the use of mathematics, equipment, materials, maintenance, installation and repair techniques, cross-connection-control and other skills necessary for maintaining and operating a surface water treatment facility.  The remaining duties shall be in related fields such as wastewater facility operation, water/wastewater laboratory, water pumping stations, water system design and engineering, wells, distribution systems, or cross-connection-control.  The experience of Division of Environmental Health, Public Water Supply Section personnel shall be acceptable if at least 50 percent of their job duties include inspection or on‑site technical assistance of public water systems.

(b)           For well grades means at least 50 percent of the duties shall consist of active on‑site performance of operational duties for public water systems with chemical treatment having one or more wells. This experience shall be based on the use of mathematics, equipment, materials, maintenance, installation and repair techniques, cross-connection-control and other skills necessary for maintaining and operating a treated well water system.  The remaining duties shall be in related fields such as wastewater facility operation, water/wastewater laboratory, water pumping stations, water system design and engineering, surface facilities, distribution systems, or cross-connection-control.  The experience of Division of Environmental Health, Public Water Supply Section personnel shall be acceptable if at least 50  percent of their job duties include inspection or on‑site technical assistance of public water systems.

(c)           For distribution grades means at least 50 percent of the duties shall consist of active on‑site performance of operational duties for distribution systems within public water systems.  This experience shall be based on the use of mathematics, equipment, materials, maintenance, installation and repair techniques, cross-connection-control and other skills necessary for maintaining and operating a water distribution system.  The remaining duties shall be in related fields such as wastewater facility operation, water/wastewater laboratory, water pumping stations, water system design and engineering, surface facilities, wells, or cross-connection-control.  The experience of Division of Environmental Health, Public Water Supply Section personnel shall be acceptable if at least 50 percent of their job duties include inspection or on‑site technical assistance of public water systems.

(d)           For cross-connection-control grade means the duties shall consist of on‑site performance of cross-connection-control duties for a public water system. This experience shall be based on the use of mathematics, equipment, materials, maintenance, installation and repair techniques, back flow prevention and other skills necessary for maintaining and operating a cross-connection-control program for a public water system.  The remaining duties shall be in related fields such as wastewater facility operation, water/wastewater laboratory, water pumping stations, water system design and engineering, surface facilities, or wells.  The experience of Division of Environmental Health, Public Water Supply Section personnel shall be acceptable if at least 50 percent of their job duties include inspection or on‑site technical assistance of public water systems.

(2)           "Certified Operator" means any holder of a certificate issued by the Board in accordance with the provisions of G.S. 90A‑20 to ‑29.

(3)           "College Graduate" means a graduate of a regionally accredited four‑year institution awarding degrees on the bachelor level.

(4)           "Licensee" means any person who holds a current certificate issued by the Water Treatment Facility Operators Board of Certification.

(5)           "Owner" shall mean the person, political subdivision, firm, corporation, association, partnership or non‑profit corporation formed to operate a public water supply facility.

(6)           "Political Subdivision" means any city, town, county, sanitary district, or other governmental agency or privately owned public water supply operating a water treatment facility.

(7)           "Secretary" shall mean the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

(8)           "Service Connection" means a water tap made to provide a water connection to the water distribution system.

(9)           "Fire Protection System" means dry or wet sprinkler systems or fire hydrant connection to the water distribution system.

 

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

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2006; August 1, 2002; August 1, 1998; August 3, 1992; January 1, 1992; September 1, 1990; June 1, 1988.

 

SECTION .0200 – Qualification of applicants and classification of facilities

 

Rules .0201 ‑ .0205 of Title 15A Subchapter 18D of the North Carolina Administrative Code (T15A.18D .0201 ‑ .0205); has been transferred and recodified from Rules .0201 ‑ .0205 Title 10 Subchapter 10E of the North Carolina Administrative Code (T10.10E .0101 ‑ .0105), effective April 4, 1990.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0201       GRADES OF CERTIFICATION

(a)  Applicants for the various grades of certification shall be at least 18 years' old and meet the following educational and experience requirements:

(1)           GRADE A‑SURFACE shall have one year of acceptable experience at a surface water facility while holding a Grade B‑Surface certificate and have satisfactorily completed an A‑Surface school conducted by the Board.

(2)           GRADE B‑SURFACE shall:

(A)          Be a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in the physical or natural sciences or be a graduate of a two year technical program with a diploma in water and wastewater technology, have six months of acceptable experience at a surface water facility, and have satisfactorily completed a B‑Surface school conducted by the Board; or

(B)          Have one year of acceptable experience at a surface water facility while holding a Grade C‑Surface certificate and have satisfactorily completed a B‑Surface school conducted by the Board.

(3)           GRADE C‑SURFACE shall:

(A)          Be a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in the physical or natural sciences or be a graduate of a two year technical program with a diploma in water and wastewater technology, have six months of acceptable experience at a surface water facility, and have satisfactorily completed a C‑Surface school conducted by the Board; or

(B)          Be a high school graduate or equivalent, have six months acceptable experience at a surface water facility and have satisfactorily completed a C‑Surface school conducted by the Board.

(4)           GRADE A‑WELL shall have one year of acceptable experience at a well water facility while holding a Grade B‑Well certificate and have satisfactorily completed an A‑Well school conducted by the Board.

(5)           GRADE B‑WELL shall:

(A)          Be a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in the physical or natural sciences or be a graduate of a two year technical program with a diploma in water and wastewater technology, have six months of acceptable experience at a well water facility, and have satisfactorily completed a B‑Well school conducted by the Board; or

(B)          Have one year of acceptable experience at a well water facility while holding a Grade C‑Well certificate and have satisfactorily completed a B‑Well school conducted by the Board.

(6)           GRADE C‑WELL shall:

(A)          Be a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in the physical or natural sciences or be a graduate of a two year technical program with a diploma in water and wastewater technology, have three months of acceptable experience at a well water facility, and have satisfactorily completed a C‑Well school conducted by the Board; or

(B)          Be a high school graduate or equivalent, have six months of acceptable experience at a well water facility, and have satisfactorily completed a C-Well school conducted by the Board; or

(C)          Hold a Grade A-Surface certification and have satisfactorily completed a C-Well school conducted by the Board.

(7)           GRADE D-WELL shall be a high school graduate or equivalent, have three months of acceptable experience at a well water facility, and have satisfactorily completed a C-Well or D-Well school conducted by the Board.

(8)           GRADE A‑DISTRIBUTION shall have one year of acceptable experience at Class B or higher distribution system while holding a Grade B‑Distribution certificate and have satisfactorily completed an A‑Distribution school conducted by the Board.

(9)           GRADE B‑DISTRIBUTION shall:

(A)          Be a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in the physical or natural sciences or be a graduate of a two year technical program with a diploma in water and wastewater technology, have six months of acceptable experience at a Class B or higher distribution system, have satisfactorily completed a B‑Distribution school conducted by the Board, and shall hold a certificate of completion of trench shoring training conducted by the Board; or

(B)          Have one year of acceptable experience at a Class C or higher distribution system while holding a Grade C‑Distribution certificate and have satisfactorily completed a B‑Distribution school conducted by the Board.

(10)         GRADE C‑DISTRIBUTION shall hold a certificate of completion of trench shoring training conducted by the Board and shall:

(A)          Be a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in the physical or natural sciences, or be a graduate of a two year technical program with a diploma in water and wastewater technology, have three months of acceptable experience at a Class C or higher distribution system, and have satisfactorily completed a C‑Distribution school conducted by the Board; or

(B)          Be a high school graduate or equivalent, have six months of acceptable experience at a Class D or higher distribution system and have satisfactorily completed a C‑Distribution school conducted by the Board. 

(11)         GRADE D-DISTRIBUTION shall be a high school graduate or equivalent, have three months of acceptable experience at a distribution system, and have satisfactorily completed a D-Distribution school conducted by the Board.

(12)         GRADE CROSS-CONNECTION-CONTROL shall:

(A)          Be a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in the physical or natural sciences or be a graduate of a two-year technical program with a degree in water and wastewater or civil engineering technology, and have satisfactorily completed a cross connection control school conducted by the Board; or

(B)          Be a high school graduate or equivalent, have six months of acceptable experience at Class D -Distribution or higher system or have one year experience in the operations of cross connection control devices, and have satisfactorily completed a cross connection control school conducted by the Board; or

(C)          Be a plumbing contractor licensed by the State of North Carolina and have satisfactorily completed a cross connection control school conducted by the Board.

(13)         APPRENTICE shall be a high school graduate or equivalent.  The apprentice shall have satisfactorily completed a Grade C, Grade D, or CC school conducted by the Board and shall have successfully passed an examination designed for the class of certification for which the applicant is applying.  The apprentice certification may be renewed annually for a maximum of five years, pursuant to the continuing education and renewal requirements of this Subchapter.  An apprentice shall not act as a certified operator or an ORC for a facility.  An apprentice is eligible for Grade C, D, or CC certification after meeting the applicable experience requirements as set forth in this Rule and making application to the Board.

(b)  Applications for certification of an operator certified in a state other than North Carolina shall be submitted on the Board's form. The application shall supply information to assist the Board in determining whether or not the requirements under which the out-of-state certification was obtained are equivalent to those required by the rules of the Water Treatment Facility Operators Board of Certification

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑21(c); 90A‑22; 90A‑23; 90A-24;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. September 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. February 1, 2012; May 1, 2006; September 1, 2004; August 1, 2000; August 1, 1998; May 3, 1993; August 3, 1992; July 1, 1991; December 31, 1980.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0202       EXAMINATIONS

In addition to the educational and experience requirements in .0201 of this Section, the applicant must successfully pass an examination designed for the class of certification for which the applicant is applying.  If an applicant fails an examination three times, the applicant shall retake the appropriate school designated in Rule .0201 of this Section.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A-21(c); 90A-23; 90A-24;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2006;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. July 26, 2015.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0203       DETERMINATION OF VARIOUS CLASSES OF CERTIFICATION

(a)  Determination of various classes of certification shall be based on the classification of water treatment facilities to be operated.

(b)  The designation of plant classification shall be based on the following point system:

                                PARAMETER                                                                                      RATING VALUE

(1)           Surface Water Source

(A)          flowing stream                                                                                     5

(B)          flowing stream with impoundment                                                  7

(C)          raw water treatment                                                                            3

(2)           Ground Water Source

(A)          first five wells                                                                                       5

(B)          add 1 point per 5 wells or fraction thereof over 5                         1

(3)           Coagulation

(A)          aluminum sulfate, ferric chloride                                                     10

(B)          polymer                                                                                                 5

(4)           Mixing

(A)          baffle                                                                                                     2

(B)          mechanical                                                                                           4

(C)          air                                                                                                           3

(5)           Oxidation (pre‑treatment)

(A)          C1202                                                                                                      5

(B)          ozone                                                                                                     5

(C)          KMn04                                                                                                   3

(D)          C12                                                                                                         3

(6)           Carbon Treatment                                                                                              2

(7)           Aeration

(A)          mechanical draft                                                                                 3

(B)          coke tray/splash tray                                                                          2

(C)          diffused                                                                                                 3

(D)          packed tower (VOC reduction)                                                         10

(8)           pH Adjustment (primary)

(A)          caustic (NaOH)                                                                                    10

(B)          lime/soda ash                                                                                       3

(C)          acid                                                                                                        10

(9)           Sedimentation

(A)          standard rate                                                                                        5

(B)          tube settlers                                                                                           3

(C)          upflow                                                                                                   8

(D)          pulsators and plates                                                                            5

(10)         Contact Tank                                                                                                       1

(11)         Filtration

(A)          pressure

(i)            sand/anthracite                                                                    8

(ii)           synthetic media (birm)                                                       8

(iii)          granular activated carbon (GAC)                                     10

(B)          gravity

(i)            sand                                                                                       10

(ii)           anthracite (mixed)/GAC                                                    12

(iii)          with surface wash or air scour                                           2

(C)          membrane                                                                                            10

(12)         Ion Exchange

(A)          softener, Na cycle                                                                                5

(B)          softener, H cycle                                                                                  7

(C)          Fe and Mn (greensand)                                                                      10

(D)          mixed bed or split stream                                                                   12

(13)         Lime Softening

(A)          spiractors                                                                                               10

(B)          clarifier with coagulation                                                                   12

(C)          fuel burner (recarbonation)                                                               5

(14)         Phosphate (sequestering agent)                                                                        5

(15)         Stabilization

(A)          acid feed                                                                                               10

(B)          phosphate                                                                                             2

(C)          caustic (NaOH)                                                                                    10

(D)          lime/soda ash                                                                                       3

(E)           contact units                                                                                         5

(16)         Reverse Osmosis, Electrodialysis                                                                      15

(17)         Disinfection

(A)          gas C12                                                                                                  10

(B)          hypochlorite solution                                                                          7

(C)          C1202(sodium chlorite and C12)                                                        13

(D)          ozone                                                                                                     13

(E)           ammonia and C12                                                                                               12

(F)           ultraviolet light (uv)                                                                             5

(18)         Fluoridation

(A)          saturator                                                                                                                8

(B)          dry feed                                                                                                 8

(C)          solution (acid)                                                                                      10

(19)         Pumping

(A)          raw                                                                                                         3

(B)          intermediate                                                                                         1

(C)          finished                                                                                                  3

(D)          system booster                                                                                     2

(20)         Storage

(A)          raw                                                                                                         1

(B)          treated ground level tank                                                                   1

(C)          elevated in system (each extra tank 1 pt)                                       2

(D)          hydropneumatic                                                                                  2

(21)         Population Served 1 point per 1,000 persons served                                    50 max.

(22)         Plant Capacity 1 point per 1 MGD capacity                                                  25 max.

(23)         On‑Site Quality Control

(A)          bacteriological

(i)            MPN/MF                                                                               5

(ii)           HPC                                                                                       2

(iii)          MMO‑MUG (Colilert)                                                         2

(B)          pH

(i)            meter                                                                                      2

(ii)           test kit                                                                                    1

(C)          fluoride

(i)            meter                                                                                      3

(ii)           colorimetric                                                                           3

(D)          chlorine

(i)            titrator                                                                                    3

(ii)           colorimeter/spec.                                                                 2

(iii)          test kit                                                                                    1

(E)           iron                                                                                                         1

(F)           hardness                                                                                                                1

(G)          alkalinity                                                                                               1

(H)          turbidity                                                                                                 1

(I)            manganese                                                                                           1

(J)            others (1 pt. each)                                                                                1

(K)          A.A. Spec, or G.C. Unit                                                                       5 each

(c)  The designation of distribution system classifications shall be based on system characteristics as outlined in Rule .0205 of this Section.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑21(c); 90A‑22;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2000; August 3, 1992; January 1, 1992; September 1, 1990.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0204       PUMPAGE CHART

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑21(c), ‑22;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. June 30, 1980;

Repealed Eff. September 1, 1990.

 

 

 

15A NCAC 18D .0205       CLASSIFICATION OF WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES

(a)  With the exception of Class D-Well, the public water system treatment classification shall be based on the source of water and the number of points assigned to each facility as taken from the table in Rule .0203(b) of this Section.  Classifications are as follows:

Class C                                  1-50 points

Class B                                  51-110 points

Class A                                  over 110 points

Class D-Well is any non-community public water system with hypochlorite solution as the only treatment applied to the water. 

(b)  The classification of distribution systems shall apply to all community and non-transient non-community public water systems.  The distribution system class level shall be the greater of the treatment plant class level from Paragraph (a) of this Rule or the following class level based on the number of service connections and fire protection:

(1)           Class D-DISTRIBUTION is any system with 100 or fewer service connections with no fire protection system;

(2)           Class C-DISTRIBUTION is any system with more than 100 service connections but not exceeding 1,000 service connections, with no fire protection system;

(3)           Class B-DISTRIBUTION is any system with more than 1,000 service connections but not exceeding 3,300 service connections or any system not exceeding 1,000 service connections with a fire protection system; and

(4)           Class A-DISTRIBUTION is any system with more than 3,300 service connections.

(c)  The classification CROSS‑CONNECTION‑CONTROL is also applied to any distribution system with requirement for five or more testable backflow prevention assemblies to be installed within the water distribution system.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑21(c); 90A-22;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. September 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. November 1, 2006; August 1, 2002; August 1, 2000; August 3, 1992; September 1, 1990; December 31, 1980; January 1, 1980.

 

15A NCAC 18d .0206       CERTIFIED OPERATOR REQUIRED

(a)  All public water systems, except transient non-community systems with either or both ultraviolet light disinfection,  or softening (not required by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Health - Public Water Supply Section), as the only treatment applied to water, must have a certified operator in responsible charge for each water treatment facility that alters the physical, chemical, or microbiological characteristics of the water; has approved plans for such alterations; or has equipment installed for such alterations.  Upon vacancy of a position resulting in noncompliance with this requirement each facility must notify the Board Office and Division of Environmental Health Public Water Supply Section Regional Office, in writing, within 10 days.

(b)  There must be an operator holding at least a Grade C-Surface certification or above assigned to be on duty on the premises when a surface water treatment facility is treating water.  Implementation of this requirement is subject to the following provisions:

(1)           Upon vacancy of a position resulting in noncompliance with this requirement each facility must notify the Board Office within 24 hours or at the start of the next regular business day of such vacancy;

(2)           Upon such vacancy the facility must fill the position with a certified grade C-Surface operator or an operator with a temporary C-Surface within 90 days.

(c)  There must be an operator in responsible charge for the distribution portion of the community and non-transient non-community public water systems.  This operator must possess a valid certificate issued by the Board equivalent to or exceeding the distribution classification of the facility for which he or she is designated.  A system serving 100 or fewer service connections is exempt from this requirement if it has an operator in responsible charge as required in Paragraph (a) of this Rule.  A system which is classified as D-distribution only may use a state certified distribution, well or surface operator to meet the operator in responsible charge requirements of this Rule.

(d)  Effective July 1, 2003 there must be an operator in responsible charge for the cross-connection-control facilities of the distribution system for all public water systems required by 15A NCAC 18C to have five or more testable backflow prevention assemblies.  This operator must possess a valid Grade Cross-Connection-Control certificate issued by the Board.

(e)  All operators of community and non-transient non-community public water systems must follow the standard operating procedures established by the operator in responsible charge.  Any decisions about water quality or quantity that affect public health which have not been defined in the standard operating procedures must be referred to the operator in responsible charge or to the certified operator on duty.

(f)  No operator in responsible charge is required for transient non-community public water systems with ultraviolet light (uv) disinfection or softening (not required by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Health - Public Water Supply Section) as the only treatment applied to water.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑20; 90A‑28; 90A‑29; 90A-32;

Eff. July 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. November 1, 2006; August 1, 2004; August 1, 2002; August 1, 2000; May 1, 1994; May 3, 1993.

 

SECTION .0300 ‑ APPLICATIONS AND FEES

 

Rules .0301 ‑ .0304 of Title 15A Subchapter 18D of the North Carolina Administrative Code (T15A.18D .0301 ‑ .0304); has been transferred and recodified from Rules .0301 ‑ .0304 Title 10 Subchapter 10E of the North Carolina Administrative Code (T10.10E .0301 ‑ .0304).  Rules .0305 ‑ .0306 of Title 15A Subchapter 18D of the North Carolina Administrative Code (T15A.18D .0305 ‑ .0306); has been transferred and recodified from Rules .0306 ‑ .0307 Title 10 Subchapter 10E of the North Carolina Administrative Code (T10.10E .0306 ‑ .0307), effective April 4, 1990.

 

15a ncac 18d .0301       APPLICATION FOR EXAM

(a)  All applicants for exams shall file an application on a form available from:  Chairman, North Carolina Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board, 1635 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1635.

(b)  Applications for certification must be submitted to the Board at least 30 days prior to the date of the examination.

(c)  The applicant shall certify that the information given is correct to the best of his/her knowledge.  In addition, the applicant's supervisor shall certify that he/she has reviewed the application and recommends that the applicant be considered for certification by the Board.

(d)  Applicants shall take the examination at the place and date specified by the Board.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑21(c); 90A‑24;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. September 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2006; August 1, 2004; February 1, 2002; August 3, 1992; September 1, 1990;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. July 26, 2015.

 

15a ncac 18d .0302       APPLICATION FOR RECIPROCITY

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑21(c); 90A‑24;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2004; February 1, 2002; September 1, 1990;

Repealed Eff. May 1, 2006.

 

15a ncac 18d .0303       APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE

All applicants for a temporary certificate shall file an application on a form available from:. Chairman, North Carolina Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board, 1635 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1635.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑21(c); 90A‑24;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2004; February 1, 2002; September 1, 1990;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. July 26, 2015.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0304       FEE SCHEDULE

(a)  The cost of examination and certification shall be fifty dollars ($50.00).  The cost of upgrading an apprentice to Grade C, D, or CC certification shall be fifty dollars ($50.00).

(b)  The cost of a temporary certificate shall be fifty dollars ($50.00).

(c)  The examination and certification fee must be paid to the Board when the application is submitted.

(d)  The cost of the annual certification renewal shall be thirty dollars ($30.00). Renewal fees shall be due December 31 of each calendar year and shall be delinquent on the first day of February. Delinquent certifications shall be charged an additional fee of thirty dollars ($30.00). 

(e)  The operator shall notify the Board, in writing, within 30 days of any change in his or her address.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑27;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. February 1, 2012; September 22, 2004; August 1, 2000; August 3, 1992; December

1, 1990; December 1, 1989; June 30, 1981;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. July 26, 2015.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0305       WAITING PERIOD

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑24;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Repealed Eff. August 1, 2000.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0306       REVOCATION OF CERTIFICATE

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑26;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Repealed Eff. September 1, 1990.

 

 

 

15a ncac 18d .0307       Expiration and Revocation of Certificate

(a)  If the operator fails to pay the renewal fee or meet the continuing education requirements of Rule .0308(a) of this Section, the certificate shall expire.

(b)  If an operator in responsible charge fails to meet the requirements of 15A NCAC 18D .0701, his/her certificate may be revoked.

(c)  An individual who has had certification revoked by the Board shall petition the Board for any new certification sought and may not petition the Board for such new certification sooner than two years after the effective date of the revocation.

(d)  An operator who has a certificate that has been expired less than two years must pay any renewal fees in arrears and late fees before receiving an upgrade or a certificate in another area.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A-25.1; 90A-26;

Eff. August 3, 1992;

Amended Eff. November 1, 2008; August 1, 2004; August 1, 2002; August 1, 2000; August 1, 1998.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0308       PROFESSIONAL GROWTH HOURS

(a)  All certified operators shall complete six contact hours of Board approved training each year following the year of initial certification.  The Board shall approve training if it determines that the subject matter of the training is relevant to water treatment facility operation, and to the professional growth of operators.  Training providers shall submit an attendance roster to the Board after completion of the training event.  Ultimately proof of professional growth hours is the responsibility of the operator. The roster shall contain the operator's certification ID number or the last four digits of the Social Security number.

(b)  The organization providing the training shall give each participant a certificate or other proof of completion which includes the name of the provider, the provider's address, and contact person with telephone number.  The proof of completion shall identify the name of the participant, the number of contact hours completed, the course name, the instructor's name, and the date of the training received.  For in-house training, an instructor from outside of the organization shall provide the training.

(c)  The Board shall mail renewal notices to operators prior to the renewal date and shall state whether the Board has a record of their professional growth hours for the preceding year.  If the Board does not have a record of professional growth for an operator, the operator must provide proof of the required six contact hours of training at the time of annual certification renewal.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A-25.1; 90A-26;

Eff. August 1, 1998;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2008; August 1, 2004; August 1, 2000.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0309       CERTIFICATION REINSTATEMENT

(a)  An operator whose certification has expired may seek reinstatement within two years of expiration by paying any renewal fees in arrears, including late fees and either providing proof of continuing education for each calendar year as required in Rule .0308 of this Section, or passing another examination of that grade.

(b)  Any person having a certification expired for more than two years or revoked shall apply to the Board for approval to be eligible for any further certification or reinstatement of certificate.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A-25.1; 90A-26;

Eff. August 1, 1998;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2006; August 1, 2004; August 1, 2000.

 

SECTION .0400 ‑ ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE

 

Rules .0401 ‑ .0405 of Title 15A Subchapter 18D of the North Carolina Administrative Code (T15A.18D .0401 ‑ .0405); has been transferred and recodified from Rules .0401 ‑ .0405 Title 10 Subchapter 10E of the North Carolina Administrative Code (T10.10E .0401 ‑ .0405), effective April 4, 1990.

 

 

15A NCAC 18D .0401       NOTIFICATION OF CLASSIFICATION

Each town, city or private water utility having a water treatment facility shall be notified of the classification of the treatment facility as determined by the Board in cooperation with the Secretary.  This classification shall determine the grade of certificate required by the operator in responsible charge of the water treatment facility.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑21(c); 90A‑22; 90A‑25;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. July 26, 2015.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0402       INFORMATION NEEDED BY BOARD

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑21(c); 90A‑22;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Repealed Eff. September 1, 1990.

 

 

 

15A NCAC 18D .0403       ISSUANCE OF GRADE CERTIFICATE

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑21(c); 90A‑23; 90A‑25;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2004; August 1, 2000; August 3, 1992; January 1, 1992; March 1, 1991; September 1, 1990;

Expired Eff. August 1, 2015 pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0404       TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE

(a)  A temporary certificate may be issued by the Board when it is found that the supply of certified operators, or persons with training necessary to obtain certification, is inadequate.  It shall be demonstrated to the Board that the person applying for the temporary certificate is competent and able to fulfill the appropriate duties according to the requirements of 15A NCAC 18C.

(b)  Application for such temporary certificate shall be made on a form approved by the Board and must supply the information needed by the Board in order to protect the public health while such temporary certificates are in force.

(c)  A temporary certificate is applicable only for the system for which the operator is employed at time of issuance.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑21(c); 90A‑23; 90A‑25;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. January 1, 1992;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. July 26, 2015.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0405       RECIPROCAL CERTIFICATES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A-21(c); 90A-25(b);

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. August 1, 1998; September 1, 1990;

Repealed Eff. May 1, 2006.

 

SECTION .0500 ‑ RULE MAKING PROCEDURES

 

Rules .0501 ‑ .0508 of Title 15A Subchapter 18D of the North Carolina Administrative Code (T15A.18D .0501 ‑ .0508); has been transferred and recodified from Rules .0501 ‑ .0508 Title 10 Subchapter 10E of the North Carolina Administrative Code (T10.10E .0501 ‑ .0508), effective April 4, 1990.

 

15a ncac 18d .0501       PETITIONS

(a)  Any person wishing to request the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule of the Water Treatment Facility Operators Board of Certification (hereinafter referred to as the Board) shall make his request in a petition addressed to: Chairman, North Carolina Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board, 1635 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1635.

(b)  The petition shall contain the following information:

(1)           either a draft of the proposed rule or a summary of its contents;

(2)           the statutory authority for the agency to promulgate the rule;

(3)           the reasons for the proposal;

(4)           the effect of proposed rules on existing rules or orders;

(5)           any data supporting the proposal;

(6)           the effect of the proposed rule on existing practices in the area involved, including cost factors;

(7)           the names and addresses, if known, of those most likely to be affected by the proposed rule; and

(8)           the name and address of the petitioner.

(c)  The Board shall determine, based on a study of the facts stated in the petition, whether the public interest will be served by granting the petition.  The Board shall consider all the contents of the submitted petition, plus any additional information it deems relevant.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 150B-20; 90A‑21(c);

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. February 1, 2002; September 1, 1990;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. July 26, 2015.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0502       NOTICE

15A NCAC 18D .0503       HEARING OFFICER

15A NCAC 18D .0504       HEARINGS

15A NCAC 18D .0505       STATEMENT OF REASONS FOR AND AGAINST RULE MAKING DECISION

15A NCAC 18D .0506       RECORD OF RULE MAKING PROCEEDINGS

15A NCAC 18D .0507       FEES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑21(c); 150A‑11; 150A‑12;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Repealed Eff. September 1, 1990.

 

 

 

15a ncac 18d .0508       DECLARATORY RULINGS

(a)  The Board shall have the power to make declaratory rulings.  All requests for declaratory rulings shall be by written petition and shall be submitted to: Chairman, North Carolina Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board, 1635 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1635.

(b)  Every request for a declaratory ruling must include the following information:

(1)           the name and address of the petitioner;

(2)           the statute or rule to which the petition relates;

(3)           a concise statement of the manner in which the petitioner is aggrieved by the rule or statute or its potential application to him; and

(4)           the consequences of a failure to issue a declaratory ruling.

(c)  The Board shall notify in writing the petitioner of the Chairman's decision to refuse issue a declaratory ruling and state the reasons.  The Chairman may refuse to consider a request for a declaratory ruling:

(1)           unless the petitioner shows that the circumstances are so changed since adoption of the rule that such a ruling would be warranted;

(2)           unless the rule making record evidences a failure by the agency to consider specified relevant factors;

(3)           if there has been a similar controlling factual determination in a contested case, or if the factual context being raised for a declaratory ruling was specifically considered upon adoption of the rule being questioned as evidenced by the rule making record; or

(4)           if circumstances stated in the request or otherwise known to the agency show that a contested case hearing would presently be appropriate.

(d)  Where a declaratory ruling is deemed appropriate, the Board shall issue the ruling within 60 days of the receipt of the petition.

(e)  A declaratory ruling procedure may consist of written submissions, oral hearings, or such other procedures as may be deemed appropriate, in the discretion of the chairman, in the particular case.

(f)  The chairman may issue notice to persons who might be affected by the ruling that written comments may be submitted or oral presentations received at a scheduled hearing.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 150B-4;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. February 1, 2002; September 1, 1990; January 1, 1980;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. July 26, 2015.

 

SECTION .0600 ‑ CONTESTED CASES

 

Rules .0601 ‑ .0624 of Title 15A Subchapter 18D of the North Carolina Administrative Code (T15A.18D .0601 ‑ .0624); has been transferred and recodified from Rules .0601 ‑ .0624 Title 10 Subchapter 10E of the North Carolina Administrative Code (T10.10E .0601 ‑ .0624), effective April 4, 1990.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0601       OPPORTUNITY FOR LICENSEE OR APPLICANT TO HAVE HEARING

All contested cases shall be conducted in accordance with Article 3A of Chapter 150B of the General Statutes.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑26; 150B‑38;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. September 1, 1990;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. July 26, 2015.

 

15A NCAC 18D .0602       NOTICE TO APPLICANT OF BOARD ACTION

15A NCAC 18D .0603       NOTICE TO LICENSEE OF BOARD ACTION

15A NCAC 18D .0604       REQUEST FOR HEARING

15A NCAC 18D .0605       FAILURE TO MAKE REQUEST

15A NCAC 18D .0606       NOTICE OF HEARING

15A NCAC 18D .0607       WAIVER OF HEARING

15A NCAC 18D .0608       INTERVENTION

15A NCAC 18D .0609       HEARING OFFICER

15A NCAC 18D .0610       WRITTEN ANSWER

15A NCAC 18D .0611       VENUE

15A NCAC 18D .0612       AVAILABILITY OF BOARD RECORDS

15A NCAC 18D .0613       DEPOSITIONS AND DISCOVERY

15A NCAC 18D .0614       PRE‑HEARING CONFERENCE

15A NCAC 18D .0615       SUBPOENAS

15A NCAC 18D .0616       CONSOLIDATION

15A NCAC 18D .0617       STIPULATIONS

15A NCAC 18D .0618       DISQUALIFICATION OF HEARING OFFICER

15A NCAC 18D .0619       FAILURE OF PARTY TO ATTEND HEARING

15A NCAC 18D .0620       OATH

15A NCAC 18D .0621       CONDUCT OF HEARING

15A NCAC 18D .0622       PROPOSAL FOR DECISION

15A NCAC 18D .0623       RECORD

15A NCAC 18D .0624       TRANSCRIPT

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90A‑26; 150A‑3; 150A‑23 through 150A‑37;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. March 1, 1979;

Repealed Eff. September 1, 1990.

 

 

 

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.