Category: Engineering (DW)

Plan Review and Operating Permits

Plan Review Plans and specifications for a public drinking water project must be reviewed and approved by the Division of Drinking Water before a public water system begins construction. This includes projects that construct, modify, or add to a drinking water facility and any activity that affects the quality or quantity of drinking water provided. …

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Exceptions to Rule Requirements

Exceptions to Requirements of R309-500 through 550 The Director of the Division of Drinking Water may grant exceptions to the requirements of R309-500 through 550. A public water system unable to meet the design, construction, or operational requirements of these rules may request an exception if it can provide an alternative to the rule requirement …

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Engineering and Plan Review

Engineers with the Division of Drinking Water review plans and specifications for public drinking water projects and issue operating permits for public water system facilities. Information about plan review and related engineering requirements is provided below. Checklists, Forms, and Other Documents Design and Construction Rules (R309-500 to 550) Engineering Staff Exceptions to Rule Requirements Hydraulic …

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Water System Ratings

Ratings are assigned in accordance with the Rule R309-400—Water System Rating Criteria (Improvement Priority System). Refer to this rule for a detailed description of how ratings are assigned. There are three possible ratings: Approved Corrective Action (i.e., system deficiencies are in the process of being corrected) Not Approved (i.e., significant deficiencies exist) To determine the …

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Pre-Design Conference: Significant Drinking Water Issues

How much drinking water will your plant use for facility processes and employee consumptive use? Estimate the peak day demand (gpm) and annual total demand (acre-feet). What are the fire suppression requirements for your plant? For example, 2,000 gpm for a 2-hour duration. Will your plant obtain drinking water from an existing municipality? If yes, …

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Consulting Engineers and Groundwater Professionals

Designing Drinking Water Projects Engineering plans and specifications for public drinking water system projects must be prepared by a professional engineer licensed in Utah. Construction Approval Process Plans must be be approved prior to construction. Financial Assistance Programs Sometimes financial support is necessary for a project. Get information on how your client can obtain low-interest …

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Review Criteria for Establishing the Feasibility of Proposed Housing Subdivisions (July 1, 1991)

As a service to developers, planning commissions, local health departments and other local governmental units, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (hereafter referred to as the Department) will review proposed developments with respect to the feasibility of water supply and wastewater disposal. Requests for these feasibility reviews must be initiated by the local health department …

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Grout Sealing Witness

Per Rule R309-515-6(5)(b) the following individuals are authorized to witness the well sealing (grouting) of a public drinking water well: Engineer or a geologist from the Division of Drinking Water. District Engineer of the Department of Environmental Quality. Authorized representative of the Division of Water Rights. Individual having written authorization from the Division of Drinking …

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Engineering Staff

Engineers with the Division of Drinking Water generally review drinking water projects in the northwest quarter of the state, including the Wasatch Front. DEQ District Engineers review projects in the rest of the state. Contact information for DDW Engineers and DEQ District Engineers is provided below. See DDW Plan Review County Assignments (442 KB) for …

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Plan Review Program Related Links

American Water Works Association (AWWA) Standards Voluntary standards for materials, equipment, and practices used in water treatment and supply. Drinking Water Design and Construction Rules Utah drinking water rules R309-500 through R309-550. Engineering License Information: Utah Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. NSF/ANSI 60 Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals Listing Search Provided by NSF, the …

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Water Line Installation Standards

Approved Standard Installation Drawings and Specifications for Water Transmission and Distribution Lines A water system with approved standard installation drawings and specifications may install water lines up to 16” in diameter without DDW review. Plan approval, operating permits, and hydraulic modeling certification are not required. Application To obtain Approved Standard Installation Drawings and Specifications for …

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New Source Approval
(Wells, Springs, and Surface Water Treatment Plants)

The approval process for a new drinking water source, such as a well, a spring, or a new surface water treatment plant, typically is more complicated than other types of drinking water projects and requires additional information. New Source Approval Process Documents Spring Development Checklist (31 KB) A two-step checklist for approving new or re-developed …

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General Plan Approval Process

A Public Drinking Water Project means the construction of, addition to, or modification of a public drinking water facility that may affect the quality or quantity of the drinking water. The purpose of a DDW plan review is to assure that all public drinking water facilities are designed and constructed in a manner which protects …

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Hydraulic Modeling Requirements

Summary The Hydraulic Modeling Rule, R309-511, requires Community Water Systems and Non-Transient Non-community Water systems to use hydraulic modeling to assure that new public drinking water projects will meet minimum flow and pressure requirements and not adversely affect new and existing water users. A summary of the rule’s requirements is provided in Hydraulic Modeling Rule …

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Common Concerns About Developing New Drinking Water Sources

The development of a new source of water can be a challenging undertaking for a public water supplier or a consultant. There are a number of issues that must be addressed. To assure that a project unfolds smoothly, it is important that well drillers, consulting engineers, and groundwater consultants fully understand the review process. If …

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