Operator certification to comply with federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
treatment plants and water distribution systems required by section 1419 of the federal Safe Drinking
Water Act, as amended to January 1, 2000, shall be under the supervision of an operator whose
competency is certified by the secretary in a grade corresponding to the classification of the plant or
system. Certificates of proper classification shall be issued without examination to the operators of
plants and systems not requiring certified operators under § 34A-3-4 before July 1, 2000. The
governing body or owner of the water system shall designate such persons in writing to the secretary
by January 1, 2001. A certificate so issued is valid only for that operator and that plant or system.
The certificate shall be marked, restricted. If the water treatment or distribution system is classified
to a higher level, the operator shall meet the initial certification requirements for the system's new
classification. An operator issued a restricted certificate pursuant to this section shall comply with
all rules promulgated pursuant to § 34A-3-24, for certificate renewal and training of certified
operators. A restricted certificate may be revoked pursuant to §§ 34A-3-21 to 34A-3-23, inclusive,
as provided for in this chapter and the rules promulgated pursuant to § 34A-3-24. The secretary may
promulgate rules pursuant to chapter 1-26 to provide for the issuance and renewal of certificates and
other requirements for certified operators under this section and as otherwise may be necessary to
implement the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended to January 1, 2000,
in a state drinking water program approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Source: SL 2000, ch 176, § 1.