WQ: Owner and permittee requirements and responsibilities

No owner of a water or wastewater facility shall allow the facility to be operated without the direct supervision of an operator in responsible charge certified in a classification equivalent to or higher than the classification of the facility as specified in sections 100.4 through 100.8. Section 100.18, Regulation 100
An owner is subject to a civil penalty of $300 per day per violation of this provision.
The operator in responsible charge (ORC) is the person designated by the owner of the water or wastewater facility and has supervisory responsibility for the operation of the facility and for the operational activities and functions of other facility operators. The ORC of a water or wastewater facility must hold a valid certificate equal to or greater than the classification of the water or wastewater facility he or she operates.
ORC report forms
 
Facility classification
We classify all drinking water treatment facilities, domestic and industrial wastewater treatment facilities, drinking water distribution systems and wastewater collection systems. Classification criteria are outlined in sections 100.4, 100.5, 100.6, 100.7 and 100.8, Regulation 100.
  • Treatment facilities: Water and wastewater treatment facilities are classified as Class D, Class C, Class B or Class A. Class A is the highest level of classification and Class D is the lowest.
  • Distribution and collection systems are classified as Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 or Class 4. Class 4 is the highest level of classification and Class 1 is the lowest.
  • Industrial wastewater treatment facilities:
    • Industrial wastewater treatment facilities are classified as either Class 1 or Class 2.
    • Class 1 industrial facilities are further classified as Class D, Class C, Class B or Class A. Class A is the highest level of classification and Class D is the lowest.
    • Requests for reclassification to Class 2 industrial facility.
      • Contact the Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Board.
    • Class 2 industrial facilities are designated by the board and meet the requirements of Section 100.6.1(b)(i).
      • Class 2 facilities are exempt from operating under the supervision of a certified operator. Note: This exemption doesn't apply to the permittee’s responsibilities to comply with all other applicable rules, regulations or permits.
      • On April 24, 2012, Regulation 100 was amended. Effective June 30, 2012, facilities classified as industrial Class 2 facilities are no longer required to apply for ORC exemption or submit annual certifications of eligibility.
      • If at any time the facility doesn't meet the conditions of Section 100.6.1(b)(i), the facility must notify us, in writing, and begin operating under the supervision of an appropriately certified operator within 30 days of the change in operations.