Final Rule | Water Quality Division: Page 5 of 7

Operators of water treatment plants, water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems and wastewater treatment plants are responsible for all decisions about process control or system integrity that affects public health. Operator certification rules establish the requirements for certification and classification, examinations, renewal of certificates, expired certificates, revocation, reciprocity for out-of-state applicants, and experience and education. The following provides related draft and proposed rule information.

Certified Operator Fees (18 Arizona Administrative Code 14, Article 3)

ADEQ seeks to establish new and reasonable fees for the certification of drinking water and wastewater operators. Arizona Revised Statute §§ 49-352(A) and 49-361(2) require ADEQ to adopt, establish and enforce rules for the certification of operating personnel according to the skill, knowledge and experience required for the applicable certification. This includes the authority to charge fees for water and wastewater operator certifications. ADEQ’s Operator Certification Program has been funded by state general fund, federal grants and federal set-asides, but these funds have significantly decreased.

Docket Opening:
Jan. 17, 2014
Rule: 20 Arizona Administrative Register 136 | Download >

Proposed Rulemaking:
Jan. 11, 2014
Rule: 20 Arizona Administrative Register 1744 | Download >

Date: Aug. 11, 2014
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
1110 W. Washington Street, Conference Room 3175 A/B
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Close of Comment:
Aug. 26, 2014, 5 p.m.

Governor's Regulatory Review Council (GRRC) Meeting:
Oct. 6, 2015

Final Rulemaking:
Nov. 6, 2015
Rule: 20 Arizona Administrative Register 1744 | Download >

Effective Date:
July 1, 2016