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Drinking Water RTCR and Colorado Initiatives Rulemaking

Revised Total Coliform Rule and Colorado Initiatives Rulemaking – Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulations

 

EPA promulgated the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) in February 2013. The Colorado Safe Drinking Water Program (Program) will adopt the Revised Total Coliform Rule in order to maintain primary enforcement authority of the Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulations (Regulations). Primacy agencies must adopt the provisions of the RTCR no later than February 2015 and those provisions become effective April 1, 2016. The Program recognizes the opportunity rulemakings bring to address additional issues with the Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulations (CPDWR) and wishes to capitalize on the opportunity the required RTCR rulemaking will bring.

 

Since the RTCR affects all public water systems in the state, the entire regulated community will be asked to participate as stakeholders. As a result, the Program has the opportunity to make revisions to improve other rules or add other provisions not currently covered by the Regulations since all interested stakeholder groups will have the opportunity to participate in the stakeholder process. The Program plans to address the following issues in this rulemaking:

  • RTCR
  • Storage Tanks
  • Water Haulers
  • Cross-connection Control Rule
  • Distribution System Residual disinfectant
  • Log Inactivation Calculations for Surface Water Systems
  • Various other clean up and clarifying changes
 

The rulemaking is scheduled with the Water Quality Control Commission for January 12, 2015. The stakeholder process will begin in January 2014 to introduce the concepts that the Program plans to cover in this rulemaking.

 

Please regularly visit this website for updated information, details, and opportunities to review progress on the draft regulations.

 

To be added to our email list for announcements please register here: http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/co-h2o-info

 

If you have questions please contact Julie Kreyche at 303-692-3405 or julie.kreyche@state.co.us.

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The Safe Drinking Water Program began the stakeholder process for the revised total coliform rule (RTCR) and Colorado initiatives rulemaking in January 2014. At these meetings the Division presented the concepts to be covered by this rulemaking and provided opportunities for stakeholders to give their input. We appreciate your participation!
 
The presentation from the meeting is provided here:  Presentation for Initial RTCR Stakeholder Meetings pdf file
 
The program collected written and oral comments on the rulemaking concepts from January 7, 2014 to February 7, 2014. A summary of both written and oral comments along with the Division’s response are provided here:   Initial Stakeholder Meeting Comments and Division Responses pdf file
 
Stakeholder Concept Meeting Schedule:
 
Denver
Date:               Tuesday, January 14, 2014
 
Pueblo West
Date:               Thursday, January 16, 2014
 
Fort Collins
Date:               Tuesday, January 21, 2014
 
Grand Junction
Date:               Thursday, January 23, 2014
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The Safe Drinking Water Program hosted Stakeholder Advisory Group concept meetings for the revised total coliform rule and Colorado initiatives rulemaking in February 2014. Each meeting focused on an individual component of the rulemaking, as outlined below. At these meetings we presented the concepts to be covered by this rulemaking and provided opportunities for stakeholders to give their input. You can find the results of these discussions below. These meetings were conducted using only conference calls and webinars. 
 
Stakeholder Advisory Group Concept Meeting Schedule:
 
Storage Tanks Concept Meetings
Chair: Tyson Ingles, Lead Drinking Water Engineer
             303-692-3002; Tyson.ingels@state.co.us
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 & Tuesday, February 25, 2014
 
Final Meeting Notes:   Storage Tank Meetings pdf file  
 
Cross-Connection Control Rule Concept Meetings
Chair: Jorge Delgado, P.E.
            303-692-3511; Jorge.a.delgado@state.co.us
 
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 & Thursday, February 27, 2014
 
Final Meeting Notes:   Cross-Connection Meetings pdf file
 
Water Haulers Concept Meetings
Chair: Ron Falco, Safe Drinking Water Program Manager
            303-692-3569; ron.falco@state.co.us
 
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 & Wednesday, February 26, 2014 (CANCELLED)
 
Final Meeting Notes:  Water Hauler Meeting pdf file
 
Minimum Chlorine Residual Concept Meetings 
Chair: Tyson Ingles, Lead Drinking Water Engineer
             303-692-3002  Tyson.ingels@state.co.us
 
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014 & Wednesday, February 26, 2014
 
Final Meeting Notes:   Minimum Chlorine Residual Meetings pdf file
 
Revised Total Coliform Rule Concept Meetings
Chair: Melissa Swerdlow, Policy Analyst
            303-692-3445; Melissa.swerdlow@state.co.us
Agenda:  RTCR Agenda word document
 
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 & Thursday, February 20, 2014
 
Final Meeting Notes:  RTCR Meetings pdf file
                                        RTCR Extra Samples Graphic pdf file
                                        RTCR Seasonal Systems Graphic pdf file
 
The Division will be setting up meetings for each group in April to review draft language.
 
 
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The Safe Drinking Water Program hosted Stakeholder Advisory Group language review meetings for the revised total coliform rule and Colorado initiatives rulemaking in April 2014. Each meeting focused on an individual component of the rulemaking, as outlined below. At these meetings we presented the proposed draft language and provided opportunities for stakeholders to give their input. These meetings were conducted at CDPHE and using conference calls and webinars.
 
  
Stakeholder Advisory Group Language Review Meeting Schedule:
 
Past Meetings
Revised Total Coliform Rule Language Review Meetings
Chair: Melissa Swerdlow, Policy Analyst
303-692-3445; Melissa.swerdlow@state.co.us
 
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Stakeholder comment table:  RTCR Language Review SAG comments pdf file  
 
Water Haulers Language Review Meeting
Chair: Ron Falco, Safe Drinking Water Program Manager
303-692-3569; ron.falco@state.co.us
 
Proposed Draft Language:  DRAFT Water Hauler Rule (Regulation 11) pdf file  
Date:Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Stakeholder comment table:  Water Hauler Language Review SAG comments pdf file
 
Storage Tanks Language Review Meeting
Chair: Tyson Ingles, Lead Drinking Water Engineer
303-692-3002; Tyson.ingels@state.co.us
 
Proposed Draft Language:  DRAFT Storage Tank Rule (Regulation 11) pdf file
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Stakeholder comment table:  Storage Tank Language Review SAG comments pdf file
 
Minimum Chlorine Residual Language Review Meeting
Chair: Tyson Ingles, Lead Drinking Water Engineer
303-692-3002; Tyson.ingels@state.co.us
 
Date:Wednesday, April 23, 2014
 
Cross- Connection Control Rule Language Review Meeting
Chair: Jorge Delgado, P.E.
303-692-3511; Jorge.a.delgado@state.co.us
 
Date:Thursday, April 24, 2014
 
Dates: May 13, 2014 and May 15, 2014
 
The Safe Drinking Water Program is conducting a final round of stakeholder meetings for the Revised Total Coliform Rule and Colorado Initiatives Rulemaking in June 2014. At these meetings we will present the proposed draft based on the feedback we received during the stakeholder meetings held in January, February, April, and May. These meetings will be your last informal opportunity to provide comments before the Program submits the proposal to the Water Quality Control Commission. We encourage you to participate!
 
Meeting content for your review:  RTCR & rulemaking draft pdf file
 
 
In addition to providing comments at the meetings, the Program will be collecting written comments on the proposed draft online until July 2, 2014. Please provide written comments here: http://fs8.formsite.com/cohealth/form355/index.html
 
Meeting Format: The content will be presented live in Denver. At the same time in Pueblo or Grand Junction we have space reserved if you would like to participate in the meeting but cannot make it to Denver. Participation in Grand Junction and Pueblo will be via webinar with a representative of the Program present to facilitate the meeting. If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled stakeholder meetings in person, you are welcome to participate via webinar from your home or office. The same information will be presented at each meeting.
 
Final Stakeholder Meeting Schedule:  
 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Time:               8:30-12:30
Locations:        Denver and Grand Junction
 
Denver:             CDPHE – DOC Room, Building A
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246
 
Grand Junction:  Grand Junction City Hall Auditorium
                                 250 N 5th Street
                                 Grand Junction, CO 81501
Conference Call Number: 1-857-216-6700
Conference ID: 552966
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time:               8:30-12:30
Locations:         Denver and Pueblo
 
Denver:             CDPHE – DOC Room, Building A
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246
 
Pueblo:             CRWA Training Room
176 W. Palmer Lake Drive
Pueblo West, CO 81007
 
Conference Call Number: 1-857-216-6700
Conference ID: 552966             
 
When you register, please indicate whether you will be participating in person or via webinar.
We encourage you to forward this information to any other interested parties.