The Department completed a rulemaking to revise the Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulations (CPDWR) in December 2013. The revised regulation became effective March 1, 2014.
The objective of the revisions was to reorganize, simplify, and clarify the existing CPDWR. These revisions to the CPDWR are not substantive in nature and did not change any current implementation practices or requirements. These readability revisions make the CPDWR easier to comply with and understand. These revisions are intended to be assistive to public water systems. Public health is better served by regulations that are clear, easy to read and understand. A rough timeline for the CPDWR increased readability rulemaking is depicted below.
The Department maintained the current structure of the CPDWR which is organized by drinking water rule. However, within each article the CPDWR has been reorganized by the lifecycle of the rule (initial, routine, reduced, increased, etc.). This new structure is consistent throughout the CPDWR so that readers can navigate the requirements with greater ease.
The Department simplified and clarified the language of the current requirements. This was accomplished through the use of the following devices to make the CPDWR easier to comply with and understand:
These revisions to the Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulations were not a federal requirement and Colorado’s primary enforcement authority was not contingent upon adopting these revisions. The new Regulation 11 can be found on the Water Quality Control Commission’s webpage. Regulation 11 (CPDWR) Quick Guide provides an overview of the new regulations.
At the initial stakeholder meetings in the summer of 2012 we introduced the concepts of the Increased Readability Rulemaking and gave stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on the concepts presented. There were 5 meetings (Denver, Glenwood Springs, Pueblo, Grand Junction, and Fort Collins) with a total attendance of 89 stakeholders participating.
The initial round of stakeholder meetings was accompanied by an online comment period and the opportunity to sign up to participate in the Stakeholder Advisory Group. (The deadline to sign up for the Stakeholder Advisory Group was October 5, 2012)
Click here to view the comments left by stakeholders during the initial stakeholder period from the online form.
At the initial stakeholder meetings in the summer of 2012 stakeholders were given the opportunity to sign up to participate in the Stakeholder Advisory Group by October 5, 2012. A total of 25 stakeholders signed up to participate in the Stakeholder Advisory Group.
The Stakeholder Advisory Group has two goals:
The Stakeholder Advisory Group will meet four times (see dates below) to review and discuss draft regulations that the Policy and Planning Unit has prepared.
The Stakeholder Advisory Group will receive the draft language from the Policy and Planning Unit one week prior to each meeting to allow for an in-depth review before the meeting. During this week we encourage participants to share with others in their organization that may also want to provide input so that they can come prepared to discuss all comments.
An online comment period will be open one week prior to each meeting and will remain open for 2 weeks following each meeting to allow the Stakeholder Advisory Group to send us specific comments on specific citations regardless of whether or not you will be attending the meeting. At the meeting the Policy and Planning Unit will facilitate a group discussion of the draft language.
After the 2 week comment period following each meeting the Policy and Planning Unit will compile all stakeholder comments and write a response to each one. A comment resolution table will be posted on this webpage for the Stakeholder Advisory Group to review.
First Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting Outcomes:
Second Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting Outcomes:
Third Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting:
Fourth and Final Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting:
Questions? Contact: Julie Kreyche
The Division has decided to maintain the current regulatory structure of one regulation with multiple articles.
The Department explored several options for dividing the current one drinking water regulation into multiple regulations. We received stakeholder input on these various options through a survey. The survey options were as follows:
1. Break the regulation into multi-article regulations that are grouped (examples below)
For more information on this issue and to view the results of the survey, click here.
The final series of stakeholder meetings for the Increased Readability Rulemaking for the Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulations were held on May 7th and May 9th. The Safe Drinking Water Program encourages all interested parties to participate and provide comment on the proposed revisions to the Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulation.
Read the Proposal:
2014 Proposed Revisions to the Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulations
View the Stakeholder Presentation:
Final Stakeholder Meeting Presentation - CPDWR IRR
Review Stakeholder Comment Resolution: IRR Final Stakeholder Meeting Comments May 2013