Certification of Public Drinking Water Supply Treatment and Public Water Supply Transmission and Distribution Operators (216-RICR-50-05-5)


216-RICR-50-05-5 ACTIVE RULE EMERGENCY RULE

Title 216 Department of Health
Chapter 50 Environmental Health
Subchapter 05 Water Quality
Part 5 Certification of Public Drinking Water Supply Treatment and Public Water Supply Transmission and Distribution Operators (216-RICR-50-05-5)
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Active
Effective 04/07/2020 to 10/04/2020

Regulation Authority :

R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-65-4(1)

Purpose and Reason :

This emergency rule is being promulgated to add a definition of Owner; Allow lower classification of public water supply operators to obtain responsibilities of superintendent, assistant superintendent or operator in charge of a shift, in the event of an emergency regulation; allows superintendents to make these determination but in their absence due to the emergency situation, allows for the next highest  person in the organization with the highest-level operator classification to make these decisions; allows for other licensed professional to operate a system that is operated by a contract operator when there is no other contract operator available; grants temporary licenses to operators who have retired within the previous five years; allows the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health to evaluate applications for reciprocity during an emergency situation; and allow for granting of extension beyond the 6 month grace period for a license that is expired during an emergency situation.

Brief statement of Reason for Finding Imminent Peril :

As suppliers must continue to provide water service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, suppliers need staff and infrastructure in place to maintain continuous water service. As an industry, water supply does not have an abundance of certified operators and should certified operators become impacted by the COVID-19 it could cripple water systems as a result of certified operator shortages.