DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Division of Public Health
4463 Licensing and Registration of Operators of Public Water Supply Systems
NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS:
Delaware Health and Social Services (“DHSS”) initiated proceedings to adopt the State of Delaware Regulations Governing Licensing and Registration of Operators of Public Water Supply Systems. The DHSS proceedings to adopt regulations were initiated pursuant to 29 Delaware Code Chapter 101 and authority as prescribed by 16 Delaware Code, subsection 122(3)(c).
On March 1, 2020 (Volume 23, Issue 9), DHSS published in the Delaware Register of Regulations its notice of proposed regulations, pursuant to 29 Del.C. § 10115. It requested that written materials and suggestions from the public concerning the proposed regulations be delivered to DHSS by March 31, 2020, after which time DHSS would review information, factual evidence and public comment to the said proposed regulations.
No written comments were received during the public comment period.
FINDINGS OF FACT:
No changes were made to the regulations since publication as proposed. The Department finds that the proposed regulations, as set forth in the attached copy should be adopted in the best interest of the general public of the State of Delaware.
THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED, that the proposed State of Delaware Regulations Governing Licensing and Registration of Operators of Public Water Supply Systems is adopted and shall become effective May 11, 2020 (ten days), after publication of the final regulation in the Delaware Register of Regulations.
4/8/2020 | 1:26 PM EDT
Date Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS
4463 Licensing and Registration of Operators of Public Water Supply Systems
These regulations: (1) regulations protect the public health and provide for the development and protection of the potable water-supply systems of this State, (2) provide for the classification of public water systems, (3) require the licensing of operators of these systems, (4) provide procedures for licensing and registration, and (5) impose penalties for violations.
“Acceptable Experience operating experience” means active, on-site leadership in the operation of a treatment plant/distribution system of a public water supply system.
“Advisory Council” means Advisory Council for Certification of Public Water System Operators, as established by this regulation.
“Base-Level License Base-level license” means a water treatment and/or and distribution license that covers general water system information, disinfection by hypochlorination, and distribution operation and maintenance for water supply systems having a flow of less than five hundred (500) gpm at twenty (20) psi.
“Circuit Rider rider/contract operator” means a certified water operator who serves as the direct-responsible-charge direct responsible charge (DRC) for two or more than one public water system systems under separate ownership.
“Combined Treatment/Distribution System treatment/distribution system” means any water supply system composed of a water treatment facility together with a water distribution system as defined in this section.
“Continuing Education Unit (CEU) education unit” or “CEU” means a measure of professional, educational training, where one CEU is equal to 10 educational contact hours of classroom and/or or laboratory training.
“Department” shall mean the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services.
“Direct-Responsible-Charge Direct responsible charge” or “(DRC)” means (1) a certified water system operator(s) operator assigned active, daily, technical direction and supervision or (2) active, daily, accountability for process control decisions of a facility/major segment of a facility that directly impacts public health or the environment. An operator must be fully licensed for one full year before designation as a DRC.
“Director” means Director of the Division of Public Health or his/her the Director’s duly authorized designee.
“Distribution system” means a network of pipes, valves, fire hydrants, service lines, meters, storage tanks, finished water reservoirs and pumping stations. The system delivers water to homes, businesses, and industries for drinking water and other uses.
“Division” shall mean means the Division of Public Health.
“Educational Contact Hour contact hour” means the amount of time spent at a water-operators an approved water operator or water-distribution-operators water distribution operator training course, after initial certification. course during the licensing period. One hour of time spent in a training course is equal to one educational contact hour. This does not include travel time or lodging time. For purposes the purpose of these regulations, the initial base certification course does not qualify as educational contact hours and one hour of time spent in a training course is equal to one educational contact hour hours.
“Endorsement” means any water treatment operation as listed in subsection 5.2.1 which is over and above the base level base-level license.
“gpm” means gallons per minute.
“Hands-on” means the applicant operates a water treatment plant or distribution system, system and has performed other tasks including but not limited to routine tests, collection of samples, and completion of operational reports, etc. reports. The knowledge possessed was, at least was gathered, in part, gathered from daily operating experience, not merely from textbook study.
“Leadership” includes means activities such as treatment-plant treatment plant startup and hands-on operator training training.
“Licensing Period” means the fixed two-year period beginning on the first day of the month after the initial license issue date and ending on the last day of the 24th month thereafter.
“Operator” means the individual who has responsibility for the operation of a water treatment plant or water distribution system and any individual who normally has charge of an operating shift, or who performs process control decisions including analytical control.
“Person” means corporations, companies, associations, firms, municipally owned municipally-owned water utilities, partnerships, societies and joint stock companies, as well as individuals.
“Process Control Decision control decision” means a decision that maintains or changes the water quality or quantity of a water system in a manner that may affect the public health or the environment.
“psi” means pounds per square inch.
“Public Water System water system” means a water-supply water supply system for the provision to the public of water for human consumption through pipes or other constructed conveyances either directly from the user's free flowing free-flowing outlet or indirectly by the water being used to manufacture ice, foods and beverages or that supplies water for potable or domestic purposes to employees, tenants, members, guests or the public at large in commercial offices, industrial areas, multiple dwellings or semi-public buildings including, but without limitation, rooming and boarding houses, motels, tourist cabins, mobile home parks, restaurants, hospitals and other institutions, or offers any water for sale for potable domestic purposes. A dwelling unit means 1 one or more rooms arranged for the use of 1 one or more individuals as a single housekeeping unit, with cooking, living, sanitary and sleeping facilities. Public water systems are classified as follows:
Public water systems are classified as follows:
“Secretary, Delaware Health and Social Services Secretary” means the Administrator of the Department of Health and Social Services of the State of Delaware as defined in Title 29, Section 7902(a) of the Delaware Code 29 Del.C. §7902(a) or his/her the Director’s duly authorized designee.
“Water Distribution System distribution system” means that portion of the water-supply system where water is stored and conveyed from a water treatment plant, groundwater well, or other supply point to the free-flowing outlet of the ultimate consumer. the pumps, piping, and storage facilities from the source/treatment plant to the property line of the ultimate consumer.
“Water Supplier supplier” means any person who owns, operates, or manages a public water system.
“Water Supply System supply system” means the work and auxiliaries for collection, treatment, storage, and or distribution of water from the source of supply to the free-flowing outlet of the ultimate consumer.
“Water Treatment treatment” or “treatment” means any process that is meant to alter the physical, chemical or bacteriological quality of the water.
“Water Treatment Facility treatment facility” means that portion of the water-supply water supply system that is meant to alter the physical, chemical, or bacteriological quality of the water being treated.
3.1 An Advisory Council for Certification of Public Water System Operators shall be appointed by the Secretary to advise and assist in the administration of these regulations.
3.2 Membership: Membership
3.2.1 The Advisory Council shall consist of a minimum of nine seven members. Membership shall consist of:
22.214.171.124 one One representative designated by the Division from the Division of Public Health who shall serve as Secretary/Treasurer, responsible for maintaining all appropriate records and conducting the daily business of the Advisory Council;
126.96.36.199 three representatives One representative of the public-at-large;
188.8.131.52 two Two representatives of local government agencies with managerial responsibility for water treatment or water distribution in a public-water public water system with the following representation:
184.108.40.206.1 one One representative of a local government agency having a population greater than or equal to 10,001; and
220.127.116.11.2 one One representative of a local government agency having a population less than or equal to 10,000;
18.104.22.168 one One representative of business or industry;
22.214.171.124 one One representative of a public water utility; and
126.96.36.199 one One representative holding a valid water operator's license, or who is eligible to be licensed under these regulations.
3.2.2 Advisory Council members shall serve a five-year term or until such time as a re-appointment or a replacement appointment is made. Members shall have the right to resign at their request.
188.8.131.52 Initially one member will be appointed for a term of one year, one for a term of two years, two members for a term of three years, two for a term of four years and two for a term of five years.
184.108.40.206.2.2.1 The Division representative will serve an unlimited term at the discretion of the Secretary.
3.2.3 Advisory Council appointees shall represent all counties of the State, with at least one member each from representing New Castle, Kent Kent, and Sussex Counties.
3.2.4 The Advisory Council shall elect a Chair from among the members.
220.127.116.11.5 The Secretary may remove any member of the Advisory Council for misconduct, incapacity, or neglect of duty, and shall be the sole judge of the sufficiency of the case justification for removal.
18.104.22.168.6 The Secretary shall fill any vacancy. Such an interim appointment shall be for the duration of the term.
3.3 Meetings – The Advisory Council shall hold at least four meetings each calendar year and such special meetings as it deems necessary.
3.3.1 A majority of the Advisory Council membership in attendance at any meeting shall constitute a quorum of the Advisory Council.
3.4 Responsibility and Authority: Authority
3.4.1 The Advisory Council, with the consent of the Secretary, shall establish such procedures and guidelines as may be necessary for the administration of this regulation. These procedures and guidelines shall include but not be limited to the following:
22.214.171.124 procedures Procedures for examination of candidates applicants and the granting of licenses;
126.96.36.199 procedures Procedures for the renewal of licenses;
188.8.131.52 procedures Procedures for the suspension, revocation revocation, and failure to renew licenses;
184.108.40.206 guidelines Guidelines for evaluating equivalency of training and examinations conducted by recognized agencies and institutions;
220.127.116.11 guidelines Guidelines for evaluating equivalency of other licensing and certification programs for the purpose of according reciprocal treatment; and
18.104.22.168 procedures Procedures for the collection and disbursement of fees.
3.4.2 The Advisory Council shall possess the necessary authority as delegated by the Secretary to carry out all activities required for the proper administration of these regulations. Such authority includes:
22.214.171.124 the The development of rules and regulations, to be adopted by the Secretary, concerning the licensing of operators of public water systems;
126.96.36.199 establishing Establishing the method of examination for each license applicant, including preparation, administration, and grading of examinations;
188.8.131.52 the The recommendation to the Secretary regarding the issuance and renewal of licenses; and
184.108.40.206 the The recommendation of disciplinary sanctions to the Secretary on operators who violate Section 11.0 of these regulations.
4.1 Water Supply Treatment Facilities. Operators. A public-water supply-system public water system treatment facility must be under the operation of a DRC.
4.2 Water Supply Treatment Facility Operators. It shall be illegal a violation of these regulations for any person to be a DRC or operate any public-water supply-system public water system treatment facility unless they possess a valid base-level water operator's license and applicable endorsements, if any, for the treatment facility to be operated.
4.3 Water Supply Distribution Systems. A public-water public water distribution system, capable of producing greater than 500 gallons-per-minute (gpm) gpm at 20 pounds per-square-inch (psi), psi must be under the operation of a DRC possessing, at a minimum, a distribution endorsement.
4.4 Water Supply Distribution System Operators. It shall be illegal a violation of these regulations for any person to be a DRC and/or or operate any public-water-supply public water distribution system, system capable of producing greater than 500 gallons-per-minute (gpm) gpm at 20 pounds per-square-inch (psi), psi unless they possess a valid base-level water operator's license and, at a minimum, a distribution endorsement.
4.5 Combined Treatment/Distribution Supply Systems. Systems
4.5.1 The license requirements stipulated in subsections 4.1 and 4.3 apply, apply separately and equally, equally to the water-supply treatment-facility water supply treatment facility operator and the water-supply distribution-facility water supply distribution facility operator of a combined treatment/distribution supply system.
4.5.2 A water-supply water supply treatment facility that is part of a combined public water treatment/distribution system must be operated by a DRC.
4.5.3 A water-supply water supply distribution system that is part of a combined public water treatment/distribution system capable of producing greater than 500 gpm at 20 psi, must be under the direct-responsible-charge DRC of a person possessing a valid base-level water-operator's license and, at a minimum, a distribution endorsement.
4.5.4 The requirement of a distribution endorsement as stated in subsection 4.5.3 may be waived, waived if the owner demonstrates to the Division that the operation and maintenance of the water system is contracted out to another licensed operator.
4.6 An owner of a public-water supply-system public water system treatment facility, distribution system, or combined treatment/distribution system must provide the Division a list of all persons in direct-responsible-charge DRC and all operators who have been duly licensed under these regulations.
4.6.1 The owner must notify the Division, in writing, of any addition, deletion, or other change in the number of licensed direct-responsible-charges DRCs by the end of the day, or no later than the close of business the next business day, of day after such change. The notification must include the name and license number of the new DRC.
4.7 Temporary Variance
4.7.1 The Secretary may grant a temporary variance from the license requirements listed in subsection subsections 4.1, 4.3 and 4.5 of this regulation, upon recommendation by the Advisory Council, to the owner of a public-water-system public water system treatment facility, distribution system, or combined treatment/distribution system, when it is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Advisory Council that the owner has unexpectedly lost a licensed operator and/or and is unable to hire a licensed operator in spite of good faith efforts. The temporary variance may be issued with any special conditions or requirements deemed necessary to assure the protection of the public health.
220.127.116.11 Owner must notify the Advisory Council Division of the unexpected loss of a licensed operator within 30 days pursuant to subsection 4.6.
18.104.22.168 Owner must apply for the temporary variance no later than 30 days after notification loss of an operator.
22.214.171.124 The Secretary shall notify the applicant in writing of his/her the decision to approve or deny the temporary variance once it the Advisory Council reviews the application and any other pertinent materials and makes a recommendation to the Secretary.
4.7.2 A temporary variance shall be valid only for that facility or system for which issued, it is issued and for a period of time as specified by the Secretary, not to exceed six months.
4.7.3 The Secretary may extend a temporary variance when the owner demonstrates he/she the owner has continued to act in good faith in attempting to hire a licensed operator but is unable to do so.
126.96.36.199 The Secretary may grant one extension of the original variance, upon recommendation by the Advisory Council, for a period of time not to exceed six months.
188.8.131.52 Owners must request an extension of a temporary variance to the Advisory Council, in writing, Advisory Council in writing no later than one month prior to the expiration of the original variance.
5.1 The Division shall classify all public-water public water systems in accordance with the criteria hereby established.
5.2 Water Supply Facilities
5.2.1 Public-water-system Public water system supply facilities shall be classified according to the treatment process(es) processes they operate. General treatment processes shall be grouped into categories hereby called endorsements. Specific unit processes, processes within each endorsement, endorsement shall be called endorsement sub-categories. A list of the endorsements and endorsement sub-categories is attached hereto as Appendix A. The Division will specify which endorsements and endorsement sub-categories a public-water system needs based upon the most recent sanitary survey conducted by the Division.
5.2.2 Public water systems shall have, at minimum, a DRC who has obtained the endorsements and endorsement sub-categories consistent with treatment and distribution processes utilized by the water system. The list of endorsements is are as follows:
184.108.40.206.2.2.1 Disinfection Disinfection;
220.127.116.11.2.2.2 Chemical Feed Chemical feed;
18.104.22.168.2.2.3 Filtration Filtration;
22.214.171.124.2.2.4 Surface Water Operations Surface water operations;
126.96.36.199.2.2.5 Other Specified Treatment Other specified treatment;
188.8.131.52.2.2.6 Distribution Distribution; and
184.108.40.206.2.2.7 Approved Sampler/Tester Approved sampler/tester.
220.127.116.11.3 The Advisory Council shall amend Appendix A may be amended depending on the creation of new industry changes in treatment technologies.
18.104.22.168.4 In the event of an emergency, such as source water contamination in for which a treatment process is required to protect the public's immediate health, provide immediate public health protection and for which the DRC and/or or operator is currently not licensed for, the Division may grant prior approval to add an emergency endorsement to the DRC's and/or or operator's license.
22.214.171.124.2.4.1 Emergency endorsements shall be issued for a period not to exceed one year, without the express, written consent of the Secretary year.
126.96.36.199.2.4.2 Operator The operator must pass the appropriate endorsement test examination within the one-year period of the emergency endorsement.
5.3 The Division shall provide a classification system for Distribution System Operators, distribution system operators when the holder of this classification is responsible for oversight of a distribution system, system and has no responsibilities for operations at the treatment plant.
6.1 License Classification
6.1.1 One regular water-supply operator license class is hereby established:
6.1.1 Base-level water supply operator with all applicable endorsements as stated in subsection 5.2.1 is hereby established.
188.8.131.52 Base-Level Water-Supply Operator with all applicable endorsements as stated in subsection 5.2.1.
6.1.2 Four specialty class licenses are also established:
184.108.40.206 Water Supply Operator-in-Training Operator-in-training (OIT) license;
220.127.116.11 Grandfather Clause clause license;
18.104.22.168 Limited License license; and
22.214.171.124 Distribution License license.
6.2 Operator Qualifications
6.2.1 Base-Level Water-Supply Operator Base-level water supply operator qualifications shall be:
126.96.36.199 High School Diploma or equivalent and one year of acceptable operating experience, or; experience; or three years of acceptable operating experience; and
188.8.131.52 Successful completion of the base-level license written examination; examination.
6.2.2 A water-treatment operator-in-training water treatment OIT who lacks either, either the education or experience requirements for a base-level license may receive an interim Operator-in-Training (OIT) license, OIT license for a maximum of one year, pending fulfillment of the regular license requirements. The interim OIT license depends on: (1) approval by the Secretary, (2) recommendation by the Advisory Council Council, and (3) successful completion of the base-level license written examination.
184.108.40.206 An OIT licensee must be employed at a water system performing the duties of an operator consistent with the definition of operator in these Regulations regulations continuously for one year before becoming eligible for full licensure a base-level license.
220.127.116.11.1 An applicant that passes the base-level license examination or distribution license examination must obtain employment with a Delaware community water system or non-transient non-community water system within two years of passing the examination. Failure to obtain employment within the two-year period will require retaking the appropriate examination and submittal of a new application with the applicable fee.
18.104.22.168 An OIT licensee must submit an application for full license a base-level license 30 days prior to the expiration of his/her the OIT license. license in order to be eligible for a base-level license.
6.2.3 An operator who works for a school system, day care facility or small NTNC non-transient non-community water system that is required to have a licensed operator may obtain a limited license. A limited license shall not be transferable to another facility. public water system. To obtain a limited license an operator must:
22.214.171.124 Attend To obtain a limited license an operator must attend a course approved by the Division and pass the test, examination.
126.96.36.199 Obtain all At the discretion of the Division, a limited license operator may be required to obtain endorsements required based on the treatment processes for treatment and distribution processes used by the facility; facility in the time frame set by the Division.
188.8.131.52 Obtain To renew a limited license, a limited license operator must obtain the required number of continuing education credits units in accordance with subsection 7.3.2. 7.3.2 and submit an application with the applicable fee.
6.2.4 A Distribution System Operator distribution system operator may obtain a distribution license when they are responsible for oversight of a distribution system and have no responsibilities for operations at the treatment plant.
184.108.40.206 The qualifications for a distribution license shall include:
220.127.116.11.1 A high school diploma or equivalent and one year of acceptable experience, or; operating experience, or three years of acceptable operating experience; and
18.104.22.168.2 Successful completion of the distribution license written examination; examination.
6.2.5 Circuit Rider. The requirements for a Circuit Rider shall be: A circuit rider/contract operator must meet the following requirements:
22.214.171.124 Must obtain Obtain certification for all endorsements required for the water systems for which he/she the circuit rider/contract operator is in direct-responsible-charge and/or operates direct responsible charge or operates.
126.96.36.199 Must complete Complete three weekly visits at each water system that provides any treatment and shall make at least one weekly visit for each system that has no treatment. The Advisory Council may adjust this number this number upon a written request from the operator and/or or owner of the water system if they provide justification for the change. justifying the requested change.
188.8.131.52.1 The number of weekly visits at each water system must be documented on forms, forms approved by the Division, Division and made available upon request. Information documented shall include, but not be limited to: to, the name of the water system, name of the operator, date of visit, time of visit, and activities performed (i.e., filled chlorine tank, adjusted feed rate, etc.). performed.
184.108.40.206.2 For the purposes of this subsection, a DRC circuit rider circuit rider/contract operator must be available in the event of an emergency, but does not have to be on-site. emergency to provide timely assistance that adequately addresses the emergency.
220.127.116.11 The distances between each water system shall be reachable by the Circuit Rider within two hours of first being notified of the emergency.
6.2.6 The Secretary may allow a water facility to be grandfathered by approving a valid, base-level license and any applicable endorsements to the individual(s) the governing body or owner of a public-water system certifies to have been in responsible charge and/or operated a water facility on the effective date of these Regulations, under the following criteria: shall not issue new grandfather clause licenses except for the license renewal of current grandfather clause licensees.
18.104.22.168 The individual(s) provide documentation to the Advisory Council to the fact they have been in a position of Direct-Responsible-Charge and/or operated a water facility for at least five years prior to the adoption date of these Regulations; and
22.214.171.124 The individual submits an application for a license pursuant to this subsection on or before July 1, 2001.
126.96.36.199 A license and endorsement(s) granted under subsection 6.2.6 of these Regulations shall not be transferable to another water system.
6.2.7 An applicant for any endorsements or sub-endorsements must have at least a minimum of one year of acceptable operating experience with the treatment process or distribution system in order to receive the endorsement on his/her the license. Applicants that take and pass the endorsement test examination, in accordance with subsection 7.1.1, may receive an OIT license for up to one year in order to obtain the necessary experience.
7.1 The Advisory Council, or its authorized designee, Division may enter into a contract with a third party to prepare, administer administer, and grade written examinations required for each category and classification of license.
7.1.1 A minimum score of 75 percent (75%) shall be considered passing.
7.1.2 Examinations are confidential and remain the property of the Advisory Council.
7.1.3 The Advisory Council may waive the requirements for the written examination, due to unusual and extenuating circumstances, and allow a recorded examination conducted and retained by the Advisory Council.
7.1.4 The Advisory Council shall designate the locations and times for examinations to be held and provide notification at least two months prior to the scheduled examination date. Examinations shall be held in January and June of each year.
7.1.5 Candidates wishing to take any license examination must submit an application to the Advisory Council at least 30 days prior to the announced date of the examination. Applicants must register with the Division a minimum of 30 days prior to the announced date of any licensing examination.
188.8.131.52 Advisory Council The Division shall provide application produce registration forms available to the public.
184.108.40.206 No application The registration form shall not require personal references, a picture of the applicant applicant, or information relating to citizenship, place of birth, or length of State residency, nor include personal references residency.
7.1.6 The Advisory Council shall review all applications submitted and determine the eligibility of each candidate to sit for the examination. Each candidate approved for examination shall be notified in writing, by the Advisory Council, of the time and location of the next examination at least two weeks prior to the examination date.
7.1.7 If the Council has found an application has been fraudulent, or that false information has been intentionally supplied, it shall report its finding to the Attorney General for further action.
7.1.8 Approved applications for examination shall remain valid for one year. If an approved candidate fails to sit for an examination during the one-year period, following the first notification of eligibility, they must submit a new application for examination to the Advisory Council.
220.127.116.11 Letters issued to applicants prior to June 1, 2000 shall not be deemed award letters for a license. Applicants must meet all current requirements for licensure.
7.1.6 Upon successful completion of the examination, applicants must meet all current requirements for licensure and submit an application to the Advisory Council with the applicable fee.
18.104.22.168.1.6.1 Any applicant that fails to submit payment for their license an application with the applicable fee within 90 days of the first notification indicating they passed the examination and are eligible for licensure must retake the examination and submit a new application with the applicable fee to the Advisory Council and retake the examination.
22.214.171.124.7 An If an application is refused or rejected, an applicant may appeal, appeal in writing via certified mail, mail to the Secretary within 30 days of notification when if an application is refused or rejected. receiving such notification. Any applicant who failed the examination has the right to an appeal before the Advisory Council.
126.96.36.199.8 Any candidate applicant who fails to pass an examination may apply for re-examination. Candidates Applicants may sit for the same examination two times within a one-year period. Applicants who fail twice within a one year one-year period must wait one year before sitting for another examination.
7.2 Once an applicant satisfies requirements provided in this regulation, regulation and provides proof of employment with acceptable operating experience at a Delaware water system, non-transient non-community water system or community water system, the candidate applicant, upon recommendation by the Advisory Council, shall be issued a suitable license by the Secretary. The license shall indicate all endorsements for which the operator licensee is qualified, the date of issuance issuance, and the date of expiration.
7.3 Renewal of License License. It is the responsibility of the licensee to file a renewal application with the Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is not required to notify licensees of expiration dates.
7.3.1 Licenses shall be renewed every two years unless suspended, revoked for cause, or invalidated inactivated under subsection 7.4.
188.8.131.52 The deadline renewal date shall be the month and day of the original license issuance. Applications for renewal must be submitted to the Advisory Council on the forms provided by the end of the licensing period. Applications for renewal postmarked after the end of the licensing period will be considered late.
184.108.40.206 Applications for renewal must be submitted to the Advisory Council on the forms provided 60 days prior to the deadline renewal date.
7.3.2 All operators, including grandfathered operators, Distribution System Operators, and Limited License holders, licensees must receive an additional obtain 20 educational contact hours every two years to be eligible to renew their license.
220.127.116.11 OIT licensees may accrue educational contact hours during their OIT License period and, upon completion of their first base-level license period, apply them toward their base-level license renewal.
18.104.22.168.3.2.2 At least 50% of training (10 A minimum of 10 educational contact hours) hours must be obtained in classes of a technical nature, directly related to waterworks operation, treatment treatment, or distribution.
22.214.171.124 Operators are eligible to receive one educational contact hour, not directly related to waterworks operation, treatment, or distribution, for general attendance to a conference hosted by a nationally recognized organization related to drinking water and approved by the Division with proof of attendance as required by the Division.
126.96.36.199 Operators are eligible to receive one educational contact hour, not directly related to waterworks operation, treatment, or distribution, for each attendance to a regular meeting held by the Advisory Council, not to exceed four per year.
188.8.131.52 Educational contact hours are required of all licensees and shall be completed prior to the time a license is to be renewed. Extra educational contact hours do not carry over to the next licensing period. Licensees will only get educational contact hour credit for their first attendance of approved courses during each licensing period. Licensees may retake an approved course in the same licensing period but will not receive additional educational contact hour credit.
7.3.3 Any license that has not been renewed in accordance with subsections 7.3.1 and 7.3.2 shall be automatically invalidated inactivated. A license may be revalidated, reactivated without examination, examination upon payment of the appropriate applicable fee and verification of completion of continuing education requirements within one year from the expiration date. end of the licensing period. License applicants Licensees who do not reinstate within one year of the expiration date, date must submit a new application to the Advisory Council and may be required to sit for the appropriate successfully complete the applicable written examination examinations to renew their licenses.
184.108.40.206 Continuing education credits units may be earned during the period of invalidation, inactivation if the applicant is short of does not have the required number, to meet the minimum number of credits CEUs for renewal. However, these credits will not carry over to the two-year term of the renewed license. CEUs earned during periods of inactivation do not carry over to the two-year term of the renewed license.
7.4 The Secretary may suspend or revoke the license of an operator, operator after considering the recommendations of the Advisory Council, Council when it is found that the operator: operator has practiced fraud or deception; failed to use reasonable care, judgment, or the application of his knowledge or ability in the performance of his duties; or is incompetent or unable to perform his duties properly.
7.4.1 The Advisory Council’s recommendation to the Secretary shall be made after conducting a hearing in accordance with provisions established under these regulations. Examples of actions which may result in denial Denial of renewal, suspension suspension, or revocation of a license or placement on probation include, but are not limited to; failure to notify the Division of chemical overfeeds and other emergencies, failure to respond to an emergency, etc. may result from actions that pose a significant or immediate public health risk and may include malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance.
7.5.1 The A licensure fee schedule as authorized by Title 16, Section 122(3)(c) of the Delaware Code and set forth below shall take effect on the effective date of these Regulations. 16 Del.C. §122(3)(c) shall be assessed for initial and renewal licensures.
220.127.116.11 Initial Annual License. $50.00 Biennial License $100
18.104.22.168 Renewal of Annual License. $50.00 Biennial License $100
7.5.2 All fees are payable upon notification by the Division an applicant has been approved for licensure.
7.6 The Division may grant reciprocity and issue a license without examination to an applicant who holds a certificate or license in any state, territory, or possession of the United States or any country.
7.6.1 Reciprocity will be granted, if granted if, in the judgment of the Secretary, the requirements under which the certification or license was issued do not conflict with the provisions of this regulation these regulations or any rules promulgated hereunder, and are of a standard not lower than that specified by these Regulations. regulations.
7.7 A licensee with an active license may request in writing to be placed on inactive status. Inactive status can be renewed electronically on a biennial basis by attestation with supporting documentation of completing the required continuing education for licensure. Inactive licensees may reactivate their license by submitting a written request to the Advisory Council with payment of the applicable fee as set by the Division.
7.7.1 An operator is not authorized to work as a licensed operator in this State during the period of inactive status.
It is the responsibility of all operators to ensure the provision of safe drinking water to their customers by maintaining their license, ensuring they obtain relevant training, keeping up with all current and proposed regulations, maintaining proper records accurate records, and addressing customer complaints in a timely manner.
The provisions of these regulations preempt existing prior regulations of this State insofar as they relate to or conflict with the provisions of this regulation.
In the event any particular clause or section of these regulations should be declared invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.
11.1 Grounds for Discipline. An applicant or licensed operator licensee may be subject to disciplinary sanctions if the applicant or licensed operator has:
11.1.1 Acted fraudulently or with material deception in order to be certified; or
11.1.2 Engaged in illegal, incompetent or negligent conduct in the provision of water system operation; or
11.1.3 A s As an operator or otherwise, in the practice of his or her profession, engaged in an act of consumer fraud or deception, or engaged in the restraint of competition, or participated in price-fixing activities; or
11.1.4 Violated a lawful provision of these Regulations regulations.
11.2 Disciplinary Sanctions. Persons regulated under this Section who have been determined to be in violation of these regulations may be subject to one or more of the following disciplinary actions:
11.2.1 Issuance of a letter of reprimand reprimand;
11.2.2 Placement on probationary status status;
11.2.3 Imposition of a fine not to exceed $1,000 for each offense offense;
11.2.4 Suspension of License license; or
11.2.5 Revocation of License license.
11.3 Disciplinary Procedures
11.3.1 The Advisory Council may, upon sworn complaint or upon its own initiative, conduct an investigation to determine whether a license holder licensee has engaged in any activity requiring disciplinary action.
11.3.2 Upon completion of the investigation, the Advisory Council shall forward a copy of the investigation report along with its recommendation to the Secretary.
22.214.171.124 The Secretary shall fix set the time and place for the hearing.
11.3.3 The Secretary shall cause a copy of the charges, together with a notice of the time and place fixed set for the hearing, to be served on the alleged holder licensee 30 days before the date fixed for of the hearing.
126.96.36.199 In cases where the water operator licensee cannot be located or where personal service cannot be affected, substitute service shall be affected in the same manner as with civil litigation.
11.3.4 In all proceedings herein:
188.8.131.52 The alleged violator licensee may be represented by counsel who shall have the right of examination and cross-examination.
184.108.40.206 The accused licensee and the Secretary may subpoena witnesses and admit documentary evidence on their own behalf. Subpoenas shall be issued by the Department upon written request and shall be served as provided by the rules of the Superior Court and shall have like effect as a subpoena issued by said Court.
220.127.116.11 Testimony before the Secretary shall be under oath. The Secretary shall have power to administer oaths for this purpose.
18.104.22.168 A stenographic record of the hearing shall be made by a qualified court reporter. At the request and expense of any party party, such record shall be transcribed with a copy to the other party.
22.214.171.124 The decision of the Secretary shall be based upon sufficient legal evidence.
126.96.36.199.1 If the charges are supported by such evidence, the Secretary may revoke, refuse to issue or suspend a license license, or otherwise discipline the individual licensee.
188.8.131.52.1.1 Upon reaching their conclusion of law and determining an appropriate disciplinary action, if any, the Secretary shall issue a written decision and order in accordance with §10128 of Title 29 29 Del.C. §10128. The order must restate the factual findings, but need not summarize the evidence presented. However, notwithstanding the provisions of §10128(c) of Title 29 29 Del.C. §10128(c), the decision and order may be issued over the signature of only the Secretary. The decision and order must be sent by certified mail, mail with return receipt requested, requested to the person complained about, licensee with a copy to the Director of the Division of Public Health.
184.108.40.206.2 A suspended license may be reinstated upon further review by the Secretary at the request of the holder licensee. As a condition of reinstatement of a suspended license, the Agency in consultation with the Advisory Council may impose any condition or conditions, conditions including but not limited to a requirement to take an exam examination. Before reinstating a suspended license, the Secretary shall, without a hearing, make a determination as to whether the holder licensee has taken the required corrective actions and has satisfied all the conditions imposed pursuant to the suspension. A holder licensee who disagrees with a determination made by the Secretary may request a hearing before the Secretary. The written request must be made 10 days from the date of the decision.
220.127.116.11 All decisions of the Secretary shall be final and conclusive. Where the holder licensee is in disagreement with the action of the Secretary, the holder licensee may appeal the Secretary’s decision to the Superior Court within 30 days of service or of the postmarked date of the copy of the decision mailed to the practitioner. The appeal shall be on the record to the Superior Court and shall be as provided in §§10142-10145 of Title 29.
11.4 Reapplication of License after Revocation: Revocation. An operator that has had his/her a license revoked by the Secretary may submit an application to the Advisory Council for renewal of their the license. An application for a license after revocation shall not be submitted for at least one year after the date of revocation.
Any person who neglects or fails to comply with these regulations shall be subject to penalty as provided in Title 16, Section 122(3)(c) of the Delaware Code 16 Del.C. §122(3)(c).
Listed below are the general endorsement categories. Under each general category is a list of the endorsement sub-categories (unit processes) associated with each general category.
1. Hypochlorination (Calcium or Sodium), powder or liquid
2. Gas Chlorination
4. Bromination [Reserved]
5. Iodine [Reserved]
7. Chlorine Dioxide
8. Ultraviolet Light
B. Chemical Feed
1. Lime - Soda Ash Addition
2. pH Adjustment
3. Inhibitor - bimetallic phosphate, hexametaphosphate, orthophosphate, polyphosphate
6. Peroxide [Reserved]
1. Activated Carbon, powder or granulated
2. Sand - Pressure, Rapid, Slow
3. Reverse Osmosis
5. Activated Alumina
6. Ion Exchange
8. Diatomaceous Earth [Reserved]
D. Surface Water Operations
1. Algae Control
4. Rapid Mix
6. Sludge Treatment
E. Other Specified Treatment
1. Aeration - Cascade, Diffused, Packed Tower, Slat Tray or Spray
2. Dechlorination - using reducing agents, sodium bisulfate, sodium sulfide, or sulfur dioxide
4. Bone Char [Reserved]
1. Flow less than 500 gpm at 20 psi
2. Flow greater than 500 gpm at 20 psi
G. Approved Sampler/Tester