faucet-686958_1280EQB Approves Chapter 109 Safe Drinking Water Revisions:
 
On May 17, 2017 the EQB adopted DEP’s proposed revisions to the General Update of Chapter 109 Safe Drinking Water regulations. The package includes new annual fees and also revised permit fees. Other changes include alarm and shutdown capabilities, auxillary power, revised turbidity requirements, etc.
 
This fee package is in response to lack of funding to the state budget for the PA drinking water program. EPA has put DEP on notice for failure to meet the federal requirement for onsite review of water system operations and maintenance capability (also known as a sanitary survey). Click here for DEP’s response letter to EPA.
 
To view the proposed regs and supporting information, click here and scroll down to the May 17th meeting. PMAA is interested in your comments and strongly encourage you to share any input or feedback you may have. Please email Jennifer Case, Government Relations Liaison.
 

An overview of the fee part of the package is below:
 
  • Establishes new annual fees and amends existing permit fees.
    • To fill the funding gap to ensure sufficient program capacity to protect public health, comply with existing environmental laws and regulations, and maintain primacy.
  • To cover about 50% of state costs or of $7.5 million. The remaining funding ($7.7 million) will continue to come from the General Fund.
     
  • Fees will cover technical services; operations; program management, development and administration; and other state costs.
    • The proposed fees are intended to bear a reasonable relationship to the actual cost of providing services.
    • The fees also factor in affordability and equitability.
  • Annual fees are calculated below:
    The following table compares all three methods of calculating fees
     
    Comparison of Proposed Annual Fees and Options #1 and #2
    Population
    Served
    # Service Connections Proposed Fees
    (Per Pop)
    Option #1 (Flat Rate Per Connection) Option #2 (Sliding Rate Per Connection)
    25 9 $250 $15.30 $250
    125 46 $500 $78.20 $250.00
    750 278 $1,000 $472.60 $889.60
    3,300 1,222 $4,000 $2,077.40 $3,910.40
    10,000 3,704 $10,000 $6296.80 $11,112.60
    50,000 18,518 $25,000 $31,480.60 $31,480.60
    100,000 37,037 $35,000 $62,962.90 $55,555.50
    120,000 45,052 $40,000 $76,588.40 $67,578.00
    160,000 59,259 $40,000 $100,740.30 $88,888.50
    250,000 92,592 $40,000 $157,406.40 $138,888.00
    660,000 244,444 $40,000 $415,554.80 $244,444.00
    820,000 303,704 $40,000 $516,296.80 $303,704.00
    1,600,000 592,593 $40,000 $1,007,408.10 $592,593.00

    (Chart found on page 43 of the Preamble)

     
  • Increased permit fees:
    • Fees range from $50 - $10,000
    • Fees were determined using a workload analysis.